Helping you cope with childhood trauma
Counselors and social workers at Lourdes in Binghamton, New York, help children and adults who have experienced abuse, violence and other trauma.
Adverse Childhood Experiences program
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) program at Lourdes is a free health and wellness program that provides support services for children and adults who have experienced a traumatic event, abuse or violence. ACEs helps families manage their traumatic experiences and promote a healthy path forward. Health coaches, social workers, and family resource specialists work together to provide the support and care you or your child needs. We understand the negative impacts traumatic childhood experiences can have on health and wellness.Our goal is to improve the health and wellness of those in our care.
Admission into Lourdes’ support program
Our care team at 303 Main Street in Binghamton starts by listening to understand you. Social workers conduct screenings to help determine your eligibility for the program. These screenings can also be done at NoMa on 85 Walnut Street in Binghamton by appointment. If you are eligible, you will be referred to our program and receive one-on-one meetings, education programs and information about other local resources.
ACEs are traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years):
- Experiencing violence
- Abuse or neglect
- Witnessing violence in the home or community
- Having a family member attempt or die by suicide
Also included are environments that can affect a child’s sense of safety, stability and bonding, such as growing up in a household with:
- Substance misuse
- Mental health problems
- Instability due to parental separation
- Household members being in jail or prison
ACEs and Adult Life
ACEs and their associated harms are preventable. Creating and maintaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full health and life potential.
ACEs can lead to a wide range of issues in adults, such as:
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Heart disease
- Eating disorders and obesity
- High risk and impulsive behavior
- Mental illness
ACEs and their associated harms may be preventable
Having experienced ACEs does not mean that you will develop these health conditions. Awareness and education on your childhood experiences can help you take control of your health and wellbeing.
Through this program we provide support to address trauma, mental health and socioeconomic barriers to wellness. Your care team will help you develop positive coping skills and connect you with peer mentors. As part of the program, you can take part in many classes and events, including:
- Wellness classes
- Laundry support services
- Wellness challenges
- Family game nights
- Gardening club
- Nutrition and cooking classes
- Community Task Force
All therapeutic aspects and evidence-based program groups, as well as support to non-clinical staff on engaging and addressing client trauma will be guided by our social worker.
Connecting medical staff and participants along with supporting participants' engagement will be guided by the health coaches.
Our care teams host in-person and virtual events like fitness, yoga, wellness education and information classes, one-on-one health coaching support, family fun nights, social hours, and therapeutic group sessions.
The Lourdes ACEs program is a grant funded program through The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.