Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Michael Terry, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) are linked to damaging events which happen to people when we are young (0-18). ACEs are connected to a phenomenon known as the toxic stress response which can later become the root etiology for many mental health, substance abuse and chronic medical health complications our society faces. ACEs affect all populations and do not discriminate across socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, or geographic lines. Roughly two thirds of Americans have experienced at least one ACE. This project seeks to perform ACE screening at an Intensive Outpatient behavioral health center by screening for ACEs upon all admissions into the program with the goal of detecting cases with scores of 4 or more towards trauma informed care; as well as, referrals to primary care providers with the goal of treating realized or unrealized potential health problems.
Digital USD Citation
Amaro, Bryan, "Implementing Adverse Childhood Experience Screening in an Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Program" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts. 186.
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