When you are a psychiatric mental health provider, you will encounter difficult and uncomfortable situations where individuals have experienced different traumas. Experiences of childhood abuse and neglect are known antecedents to developing many mental health and substance use disorders. There is no real way to prepare or plan for exposure to these circumstances. This assignment will help you begin to understand the emotional impact of secondary trauma and how to create a self-care plan to avoid caregiver burnout.

Initial Post

After you review all of the learning materials and watch the child abuse video, pick two questions from the list to answer in your initial post. Your discussion post should address two of the following:

  • What is the definition of an adverse childhood event (ACE)? Are there different types of abuse? How many types of abuse did Dr. Harris encounter?
  • Discuss mental instability, substance use, and generational transmission. How is Dr. Harris coping with patients in these situations, and what skills will you incorporate into your practice? Explain your reasoning.
  • Discuss survival and resiliency theory. Relate two surprising facts that Dr. Harris points out about the ACE study.
  • What physical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders are associated with adverse childhood events? Give three examples from Dr. Harris’s patients.
  • Explain how the “dysregulated stress response” and Dr. Harris’s depiction of “BEARS” are related.
  • How is DNA modified by traumatic experiences, and what are the sequelae?

You will need to cite at least two research-based resources for this assignment.


This is the book I told you earlier that you need to read for this assignmet

Harris, N., (2019). The deepest well: Healing the long-term effects of childhood trauma and adversity Mariner Books. ISBN: 978-1328502667


I will also attach the transcript of the Child abuse video.


Please remember to use at least two references from the materials provided such as the video and the book.

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