Understanding the ACEs Assessment

ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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Traumatic events during childhood and development ages have been well researched and documented to have a lasting effect on an individual’s life. By utilizing the ACEs assessment, clinicians and mental health professionals are able to establish at-risk behaviors and lifestyle choices. 

Understanding the ACEs Trauma Assessment Infographic

Topics Covered in the ACEs Assessment:

NEGLECT
ABUSE
FAMILY ISSUES
Neglecting scenarios through emotional actions such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Avoidance
  • Irrelevance
  • Voice not Heard
  • Disregard Wants and Needs
  • Attention
  • Structure
  • Unnacceptable Feelings
  • Useless
  • Shame

There are many types of emotional neglect, some subjects may not be included in this list.


Neglecting scenarios through physical actions such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Reckless Safety
  • Inadequate Nutrition
  • Lack of Clothing
  • Unattended in Car
  • Driving while Intoxicated
  • Hazards in Home
Abusive scenarios through emotional actions such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Bullied
  • Control
  • Fear Tactics
  • Gaslighting
  • Humiliating
  • Insulting
  • Isolating
  • Shaming
  • Threatening

There are many types of emotional abuse, some subjects may not be included in this list.


Abusive scenarios through physical actions such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Bites
  • Chokes
  • Denial of Eating
  • Endangerment
  • Forced Eating
  • Kicks
  • Pain
  • Pushes
  • Restraint
  • Slaps

There are many types of physical abuse, some subjects may not be included in this list.


Abusive scenarios through sexual actions such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Acquaintance
  • Assault
  • Blitz Rape
  • Contact Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Drugging
  • Exploiting
  • Harassment
  • Incest
  • Invasion Rape
  • Multiple Perpetrator Rape
  • Revenge Porn
  • Statutory Rape

There are many types of sexual abuse, some subjects may not be included in this list.


Issues within the household by a family member(s) and/or adults around arguments, violence and/or crime such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Parents divorced
  • Domestic Violence
  • Incarcerated Family Member

There are many types of family issues, some subjects may not be included in this list.


Issues within the household by a family member(s) and/or adults using substances such as:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Depressants
    • alcohol
    • beta blockers
    • anticholinergics
    • anticonvulsants
    • antihistamines
    • antipsychotics
    • barbiturates
    • benzodiazepines
    • cannabinoids
    • hypnotics
    • muscle relaxers
    • opioids
    • sedatives
  • Hallucinogens
    • dextromethorphan
    • dmt
    • ketamine
    • LSD
    • n bomb
    • PCP
    • peyote
    • psilocybin
    • salvia)
  • Narcotics
    • codeine
    • fentanyl
    • hydrocodone
    • hydromorphone
    • meperidine
    • methadone
    • morphine
    • oxycodone
    • propoxyphene
    • tramadol
  • Stimulants
    • Adderall
    • amphetamines
    • cocaine
    • Concerta
    • crack
    • methamphetamines
    • Ritalin

There are many types of substance that are known to be abused, that may not be included in this list.


Issues within the household related to mental health illness such as:

(in alphabetical order);

  • Mood Disorders
    • Bi-Polar
    • Schizoaffective
    • Depression
    • Psychosis
  • Anxiety Disorders
    • Panic Attacks
    • Phobias
    • Schizophrenia
    • OCD
    • PTSD
  • Personality Disorders
    • Borderline
    • Paranoid
    • Antisocial
  • Eating Disorders
    • Anorexia
    • Bulimia

There are many types of substance that are known to be abused, that may not be included in this list.


Many of these traits are developed from similar experiences during the parent’s or guardian’s own childhood. This destructive cycle unfortunately can continue through multiple generations.

Used as a preliminary diagnostic, rather than an assumption of social upbringing, ACEs results are not used to pass judgement or prosecute any parties involved.

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