Senior Project Advisor
adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed practice, deficit, education
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study by Kaiser-Permanente has significantly influenced trauma practice in many contexts. As a medicalized model, ACEs was intended to collect population information about traumatic experiences. However, many of its current applications are harmful in practice and in need of critique. More specifically, school systems must reconsider how ACEs is used in curriculum since providing screenings or “trauma-informed” models off of this study often portrays trauma as a deficit. By carefully examining my own education on ACEs and trauma theories at Western Washington University, alongside the experiences of other students and several professors, this deficit discourse remains consistent in their responses. It is time for trauma studies to shift to an “asset” approach, which sees trauma as a part of one’s identity instead of something needing to be fixed.
Human Services and Rehabilitation
Lamphere, Brielle, "Challenging Deficit Discourses: Human Services and Trauma-Informed Practice" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 475.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Psychic trauma in children; Psychic trauma in literature--History and criticism; Psychic trauma--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Case studies; Human services--Study and teaching (Higher)--Evaluation
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Kaiser Permanente; Western Washington University
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