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ACEs: What You Need to Know TODAY About the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

Total Credits: 1.0 Addiction Counselors - NAADAC (SAS/NTA AP 1/2) (Self-Study), 1.0 California Counselors, 1.25 Florida Counselors, 1.25 Ohio Counselors, 1.25 Pennsylvania Counselors, 1.0 South Carolina Counselors, 1.0 California Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 Florida Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.0 Ohio Counselors, 1.2 Pennsylvania Counselors, 1.25 Ohio Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.0 South Carolina Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.2 Florida Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.0 Ohio Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.0 South Carolina Psycho-Educational Specialists, 1.0 Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.0 South Carolina Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 CEs, 1.25 Pennsylvania Psychologists, 1.0 Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.5 South Carolina Psycho-Educational Specialists, 1.0 Illinois Psychologists, 1.25 Kentucky Psychologists, 1.25 Canadian Social Workers, 1.0 California Social Workers, 1.5 Ohio Social Workers, 1.0 Social Workers, 1.0 California Social Workers, 1.25 Florida Social Workers, 1.25 Ohio Social Workers, 1.25 Other Professions, 1.0 California Nurses, 1.0 Florida Nurses, 1.5 Illinois Psychologists, 1.2 Iowa Nurses, 1.25 Montana Counselors, 1.0 Texas Counselors, 1.0 California Licensed Educational Psychologists, 1.0 Texas Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists, 1.25 Montana Social Workers, 1.25 Montana Marriage & Family Therapists, 1.25 Counselors, 1.0 California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CADTP), 1.25 Missouri Counselors, 1.25 Pennsylvania Psychologists, 1.25 Pennsylvania Social Workers

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC
1 Hour 14 Minutes
Audio and Video


The consequences of childhood trauma can be severe and life-long. We know that toxic stress damages a child’s developing brain. All too often we see intergenerational transmission, where adults with unresolved childhood trauma pass on its negative impact to their children.

Join us and discover solid research into what constitutes an adverse childhood experience (ACE) and measurable ways to track the effect of that trauma. There are clear and dramatic ways that ACEs harm people, not just during childhood, but well into adulthood. It has been said that ACEs cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.

The costs are profound; physically, psychologically, and behaviorally, economically, and emotionally. Consequences can be profound in the areas of social, emotional, and cognitive impairment; adoption of high-risk behaviors; disease, disability, and social problems, and early death.

You will learn about the innovative approaches that organizations and communities are taking to address these issues.



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Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC, is a Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy and is a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist. She has maintained a private practice since 1990 and has worked in primary care settings, free clinics, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Martha is a Red Cross disaster mental health manager and has been on many national disaster deployments where she provides support to traumatized people. She is also involved with the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces to develop programs to support military and veteran families. 

She has provided trainings in the United States and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5®, compassion fatigue, and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. A prolific writer, Martha has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. Martha is the co-author (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook (PESI, 2014) and (with Don Teater) Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Martha Teater maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Martha Teater is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.

Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals


  • What is an ACE?
  • The 10 ACE questions
  • Why ACEs matter
  • Consequences
    • Physical
    • Behavioral
    • Psychological
    • Emotional
    • Social
  • Biomedical considerations
    • Epigenetics
    • Neurobiology
  • Becoming trauma-informed
  • Resilience survey
  • Prevention:
    • Personal
    • Family
    • Community
  • Solutions


  • List the consequences of a high ACE score
  • Describe how resilience enhances prevention
  • Identify trauma-informed interventions