Helping you cope with childhood trauma
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. The ACEs team helps individuals and their families understand how to manage the effects of 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 participating in our program and events.
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
Environments that can affect a child’s sense of safety, stability and bonding are also considered ACEs. These include growing up in a household with:
- Substance misuse
- Mental health problems
- Instability due to parental separation
- Household members being in jail or prison
Dealing with childhood trauma as an adult
Childhood trauma can lead to chronic health problems, mental illness and substance dependence in adulthood. But these 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 use and 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.
Supporting children and adults coping with trauma
Through this program we provide support to adults with a history of 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:
- Community Task Force
- Gardening club
- Family game nights
- Laundry support services
- Nutrition and cooking classes
- Social Hour
- Yoga and fitness classes
- Wellness classes
Social workers are here to provide support and resources
Social workers meet with you one-on-one and in group settings to help you with any struggles you are facing and help you cope with problems caused by childhood trauma.
Health coaches can help you make healthy decisions
Health coaches work with you to help you understand how your previous trauma is affecting your mental and physical health. Then, we provide support, resources and guidance to help you build a healthier life.
Our care teams host in-person and virtual events like fitness classes, yoga, wellness education and information classes, family fun nights, social hours, and therapeutic group sessions. One-on-one health coaching is also available.
The Lourdes ACEs program is a grant funded program through The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.