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"Treating Adults With a History of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Primary Care Settings: The Challenge and The Opportunity"

Presented by Dennis Pusch, PhD and Chantelle Klassen, MA

Tuesday, March 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST 


The purpose of this webinar is to inform clinicians about the prevalence, assessment and treatment of ACEs in adults who present in primary care settings.  ACEs have been found to be the strongest overall predictor of chronic disease, mental illness, addictions, and a number of other health risk behaviors in adults.  While ACE awareness is on the rise in primary care, few treatments have been developed that address the needs of adults who were exposed to ACEs as children, and even fewer have obtained any empirical support.  In this webinar we will share the results of a four phase course of research that shows the relationship between ACEs and a variety of healthcare outcomes, including healthcare utilization.  We identify the mediating variables that seem to predict which patients are most likely to be affected by ACEs.  Finally, we present the skills-based embrACE treatment model, which was developed to help reduce risk of future health problems in adults with ACEs in primary care settings.  Trials of the embrACE treatment have demonstrated significant reductions in depression and anxiety, and significant increases in resilience, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal connectedness.  Patient improvements were found to be stable 6 months post-treatment.  


Learning Objectives

After this presentation, participants will be able to:


  • Identify the impact of early childhood trauma on adult physical and mental health outcomes
  • Describe specific factors that moderate/mediate the relationship between early life trauma and adult health outcomes
  • Articulate a treatment approach for adults with childhood trauma that follows population-based care and stepped care principles in primary care settings


About the Presenters:

Dennis Pusch, PhD


Dennis Pusch, PhD is a psychologist who has spent 18 years working in integrated primary care settings.  He has been involved in the training and supervision of a large team of Behavioral Health Consultants in Calgary, Alberta.  Dennis has served as the co-Principal Investigator of the multidisciplinary embrACE research program since its inception in 2012.  He has been an advocate for trauma-informed care throughout his career, and has co-authored a number of publications related to ACEs.  He is currently the owner of Southport Psychology, and enjoys splitting his professional time between research and clinical practice.


Chantelle Klassen, MA


Chantelle Klassen, MA is a psychologist and Behavioral Health Consultant working in primary care clinics in Calgary, Alberta.  She has been extensively involved in developing and facilitating the embrACE research program. Throughout her career, the focus of her clinical work has been on reducing barriers to trauma-focused treatment, including serving as the clinical supervisor of a program focused on supporting families dealing with domestic violence and other forms of familial trauma. Chantelle has presented on the embrACE treatment program at numerous international conferences and workshops.






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