172: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the effects adverse childhood experiences can have on a person’s entire life. They also share tools that can be used to measure the impact these experiences can have and also the factors that influence a person’s resilience.

Key Points

  • Childhood experiences are predictors of future health.
  • People self-medicate for their anxiety, depression, and fear in different ways.
  • Depending on a child’s ACE score, it can be predicted that they will have a life of up to 20 years shorter.
  • Drug addicted parents usually love their children, but their addictions steal away the relationship with their children.
  • Remember the connection between prevention of adverse childhood experiences and the reduction in the risk of being sexually trafficked.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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