Self-Help Resources

Jane Ellen Stevens, and Vincent J. Felitti, MD

There aren't enough counselors or money to provide therapy for all people suffering from ACE-related problems. Although some people will have the resources to obtain help from social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists, most people want and will need other approaches. The following are resources for patients with ACE-related problems.


ACE questionnaire—The 10-question ACE survey (online). Developed by Robert Anda, MD, and Vincent Felitti, MD, co-principal investigators of the CDC's ACE Study.

Resilience questionnaire—The 14-question survey (online) was developed by the early-childhood service providers, pediatricians, psychologists, and health advocates of Southern Kennebec Healthy Start, Augusta, Maine, in 2006, and updated in February 2013. Two psychologists in the group, Mark Rains, PhD and Kate McLinn, PhD came up with the 14 statements with editing suggestions by the other members of the group. They modeled the scoring system after the ACE Study questions and devised the questions based on a number of research studies from the literature over the past 40 years, including that of Emmy Werner, PhD, and others. Its purpose is limited to parenting education. It was not developed for research.

News and networking—Social network for people implementing ACE concepts. Provides wide-reaching resource section and daily summaries with links to news, reports, and research related to ACEs and trauma-informed practices.—A news site for the general public covering how communities, states, agencies, nonprofits, social services, and other organizations and individuals are implementing practices based on ACE and trauma-informed concepts, research about ACEs, neurobiology of toxic stress, epigenetics, and biomedical effects of ACEs.

Support/advocacy groups

Adults Molested as Children—Links to resources and online e-groups, including co-ed groups and groups for men, women and women who were molested by a female.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous—Links to local groups and meetings, upcoming events, an online store, and translations of SIA-approved literature into several languages.

Co-Dependents Anonymous—Links to meetings and literature, an online store, readings, articles, and information about the annual conference.

Adult Children of Alcoholics—Links to resources and groups for women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. 

Adults Survivors of Child Abuse—An international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. The program offers community-based, provider-based, and web-based self-help support groups. 

Alcoholics Anonymous—A resource for people who want information about dealing with alcoholism or to find a group.  

Al-Anon Family Groups—Links to resources and group meetings for friends and families of problem drinkers. 

Divorce Care for Kids—A site that helps children heal from the pain of divorce, with links to faith-based local groups.—A national network for young people in foster care. 

Faces and Voices of Recovery—A national campaign of individuals and organizations who advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery. Great resources for people who want to change perception of addiction from criminal or moral issue to a health issue. 

Futures Without Violence—National organization that works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. Provides links to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the National Teen Dating Hotline.

Narcotics Anonymous—A resource for all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs, including alcohol.

National Alliance on Mental Illness—Provides links to support and programs, including a help line, peer support, discussion groups, and social networks, such as NAMI Faithnet. 

Prevent Child Abuse America—This national organization builds awareness, provides education and inspires hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network—The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. It has a national sexual assault online hotline, a section for male survivors, and background information for all types of sexual assault. 

Resilience Trumps ACEs—Resources for parents, providers and the community on how to build resilience into families and communities. 

San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents—Great resource for children and families of people who are imprisoned.

Self Helpline—Live one-on-one help for U.S. Department of Defense employees.

Verbal Abuse Site—Dedicated to the recognition and prevention of verbal abuse in homes, schools and workplaces

Background information

CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study—Overview, history and publication list. 

CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study infographic—A visual overview of the ACE Study. 

The Science of Early Childhood—Harvard Center on the Developing Child overview on the effects of toxic stress on the developing brain, with good videos. 

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study—The largest health study you never heard of —began in an obesity clinic (article)

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