Jim Hinkle, TwoCor executive director, recently was certified as a trainer of The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. As part of a collaborative research project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, over 17,000 Kaiser Permanente patients participated in The ACE Study. Jim received his training under Dr. Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the co-investigators of the study.
Data resulting from this seminal study reveal staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks for adults that result from childhood trauma, such as abuse, neglect and serious family dysfunction. On-going analysis of the data continues to this day to reveal new insights into the damaging effects of this phenomenon.
The research from The ACE Study informs the work we do at TwoCor, the only trauma-informed work training program for adolescents in the Pikes Peak Region. Our trauma-informed approaches help to minimize the impact of ACEs and prevent ACEs for future generations. Using tools that screen for trauma directs our youth to interventions that meet their specific needs. Trauma-informed therapy can also help our clinical staff address how trauma impacts the individual and the whole family. Our work training program is designed to mitigate further trauma by instilling a sense of safety and trust in our youth. It also builds the functional brain areas that are compromised by severe trauma and are required to become a valued worker.