Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs, are markers of past experienced without understanding, impact or effect they have on a child growing up.  They influence neurodevelopment.  There are markers that impair a child.  The markers are childhood, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect as a child, dysfunction in the home, domestic violence, parental discord, separation or divorce.  A child may observe, partake or experience criminal behavior in the home.  With four of these markers listed, the risk of developing further problems socially, cognitively or emotionally markedly increases.  Disabilities or having social problems becomes multifold.  Early mortality is also present. 

Boundaries are property lines that define you.  They tell yourself and others of where you stand, how you want to be treated and how you use your own power to tell others what is theirs and what is yours.  The boundaries you created are there to set your own life.  They are not there to offend or please others.  You have full right to own your boundaries, hold onto them and teach others to respect them in a healthy way.  That is the healthy way forward. 

PTSD - The impact of Crime

Personal stories are shared by both related to PTSD and ACE’s and their healing journey’s. Brain functioning, hormone and physical health are explored in relationship to PTSD and ACE’s. A victim of crime Margaret teaches re the impact of crime, how to assist a victim of crime, blockages in the justice system leading to victim blaming and resources are shared.

Compassion Fatigue and Resilience training involves using TEND training, which means to care for, look after or pay attention to.  It is taken from the Resilience, Balance & Meaning Workbook (Fisher, 2016).  The effects of stress are often upon us.  This is discussed in detail; about how vulnerable workers are seen as weak, how we portray ourselves may be different and our own belief systems misunderstood.  Resilience training is defined and discussed, further coping strategies are taught to enhance resilience and burn out and its effects are pondered.  Exposure to trauma and healthy ways to respond to it are discussed in detail.  Training and preparation reduce stress responses.  Social support during trauma in the workplace is crucial for healing, as it increases connection.  The cost of resiliency is discussed and strengthening and it value is emphasized.  Physical, mental, interpersonal and relationship effects are pondered.