young children at higher risk for anxiety, depression and behavior problems

Screening for adverse childhood experiences

Children ages 5 and under have greater odds of experiencing anxiety, depression or behavioral problems as a result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as neglect or substance misuse in the home, according to research published in the April Journal of Counseling & Development. Exposure to ACEs can have lifelong negative impacts on any child; however, the new findings highlight the importance of counselors being aware of ACEs and their prevalence rates, and how experiencing ACEs impacts mental and behavioral health outcomes — even for very young children. Counselors should consider having parents complete an ACE assessment for all children, regardless of age, the authors suggest. Best practices include explaining the limits of ACEs confidentiality, discussing results in a trauma-informed manner, and collaborating in treatment planning.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Volume 101 ■ Number 2 ■ April 2023

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Adverse Childhood Experiences as Context for Youth Assessment and Diagnosis

Kaprea F. Johnson, Shonn Cheng, Dana L. Brookover, and Brett Zyromski 


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Sarah A. Silveus, Michael K. Schmit, Joy Teles Oliveira, and Lindsey E. Hughes

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A Discourse Analysis of Cultural Humility Within Counseling Dyads
Peitao Zhu, Dana T. Isawi, and Melissa M. Luke

Lived Experiences of Utilizing Cultural Resiliency to Navigate Traumatic Loss 
Jessica Meléndez Tyler, Nancy E. Thacker Darrow, Aisha B. Outlaw, and Jennifer P. Guffin

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Burnout Profiles and Mindfulness

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Examining Coping and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Adolescents: A Profile Analysis
Amanda L. Giordano, Elizabeth A. Prosek, Erika L. Schmit, and Michael K. Schmit

Assessment and Diagnosis
Profiles of Participation in School Bullying: Association With Student Well-Being 
Isak Kim, Hye Yeon Lee, Jun Sung Hong, JoLynn V. Carney, and Richard J. Hazler 

Adverse Childhood Experiences as Context for Youth Assessment and Diagnosis
Kaprea F. Johnson, Shonn Cheng, Dana L. Brookover, and Brett Zyromski  

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