By Kent Berkley
Door County Department of Human Services relies on recent developments in adolescent brain research to assess needs and implement treatment programs for juvenile offenders. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can impact likelihoods of future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and wellness. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that have been shown to be risk factors for substance use disorders and other harmful behaviors including delinquency. Mark Hill, Juvenile Justice Social Worker with the Door County Department of Human Services, says it is important to understand a young person’s ACEs in order to help them build resiliency to overcome the risks associated with adverse experiences.
Hill says that even though adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are risk factors for negative outcomes, they are not determinative. Hill says that preventing ACEs and engaging in early identification and treatment of people who have experienced them can help young people build resiliency and achieve positive outcomes.