Reducing the Impact of ACEs

Reducing the Impact of ACEs: A CCI Program Evaluation

By: Dr. Kirk Austin

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit: BC & Beyond was held at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver BC on November 14th and 15th, 2017. As a partnership between the Doctors of BC and the BC government, the Shared Care Committee invited members of the educational, medical, and healthcare fields to discuss the latest research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Over 600 people attended each of the days, and researchers from Florida, California, BC, Alberta and Ontario presented their current research.

As one of more than fifty featured researchers, Dr. Kirk Austin and Dr. Chuck Geddes presented the findings from a 2017 program evaluation of the CCI program. Complex Trauma Resources has provided the CCI program since 2010 to communities throughout BC. The current research clarified whether the CCI program assisted in reducing the impacts of ACEs. A poster of the current research was presented alongside of contemporary research from programs and universities in Canada and the USA.

CCI program evaluation research considered the effectiveness of the work of 90 care teams. Intake data regarding each of the 7 developmental domains was compared with corresponding data of 6-month, 12-month and 18-month data-sets. Findings determined that there were significant changes in each of the developmental domains. In particular, findings suggested a:

  • 22.6% positive change occurred with Neurological and Biological Maturity
  • 47.4% positive change occurred with Overactive Stress Response
  • 45.3% positive change occurred with Emotional Regulation
  • 46.8% positive change occurred with Attachment Style and Relationships
  • 42.8% positive change occurred with Identity Development
  • 47.6% positive change occurred with Behavioral Regulation
  • 34.6% positive change occurred with Cognitive and Language Development

Practical implications of the results are that CCI assists in reducing the impact of ACEs and complex trauma. By providing in depth individual assessment, CCI is able to create and deliver specific intervention strategies to each child that it works with. Over time, and with the consistent effort of the Care Team, these interventions create an environment in which the child can flourish. Further research into the effectiveness of CCI and its relationship to ACEs was suggested.

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About the author

Dr. Kirk Austin, Ph.D., RCC, CCI Coach

Dr. Kirk Austin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of our CTR Clinical team. To learn more about him click here.

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