Conversations About Ethics

Trauma Informed Care (Part 2): Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Unrecognized Cause of Adult Social and Emotional Malfunction, Biomedical Disease, and Premature Death (Breakfast Keynote @ UT Health)

Vincent Felitti, MD

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Research suggests that many clinicians do not routinely ask about or screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) due to lack of training and concerns about time constraints. Many are unaware of the potential for long-lasting medical consequences from ACEs/childhood trauma, which have a powerful effect on physical and mental health in adulthood.  

Join Vincent Felitti, MD, in a discussion on Adverse Childhood Experiences and the effects of not taking a trauma-informed approach to health care that can lead to less optimal outcomes and missed opportunities to reduce health harms associated with prior exposure to ACEs and how clinicians who are not trained to consider the possible role of ACEs may be less effective in managing the long-term health issues that can result from them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe how the Adverse Childhood Experience Study can inform health care practice and promote trauma-informed physical and mental health care, helping them to meet their ethical responsibility to advocate for patients’ welfare and alleviate suffering. 
  • Participants will be able to summarize the prevalence and long-term physical and mental health effects of ACE’s.


Also join us for the Education Workshop with Gabriela Zapata-Alma,LCSW, CADC on Cultivating Trauma-informed Approaches and Organizations: An Ethical Imperative (@ The Ecumenical Center)Register for Educational Workshop Here


Continuing Education:

For both the Educational Workshop and Breakfast Keynote:

CME:This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

†This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

CEUThe Ecumenical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW AND LMSW

The Educational Workshop on 1/31/2020 provides 6.0 Ethics Continuing Education Units, and the Breakfast Keynote on 2/1/2020  provides 1.25 Ethics Continuing Education Unit. 


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