Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection (PTICC)
PTICC is a group of community organizations committed to a culture of safety, understanding and responsiveness to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for children, families, and our community.
What are ACEs?
ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences.
There are 10 identified ACEs…
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical neglect
- Emotional neglect
- Family member with mental illness
- Witnessing domestic violence
- Parent with drug/alcohol addiction
- One or more parent incarcerated
- Parental separation or divorce
Why do ACEs matter?
As the number of ACEs add up, the ongoing stress can lead to interrupted brain development. We see the immediate effects when kids are disruptive at school or hard to get along with at home. ACEs can also lead to physical, emotional and social problems throughout life. Things like heart disease, diabetes, substance addiction, depression, suicide and risky sexual behaviors can result if we ignore the impact of ACEs.
What can we do?
We can build positive relationships and connection to help children and adults cope with ACEs and thrive. Let’s join together to bring hope and healing.
We must change our beliefs & responses to difficult and challenging behaviors from, “What’s wrong with you?” to, “What happened to you?”
Joe Foderara, LCSW, BCD