The Insights, Benefits and Risks of an ACE Approach

ACE event report

On the 28th of February 2019 the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, (publishers of the Postcards series) held an event called: The Insights, Benefits and Risks of an ACE approach. We did this as we have a particular interest in ACEs as it is the focus of our book Hiding in Plain Sight. ACEs also feature in Conviction and Right from the Start.

Over 100 people attended the event at the Lighthouse, Glasgow. Dr Carol Craig, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, Professor Jane Callaghan, Alan Sinclair, Anne McKechnie, Gary Walsh and Sue Palmer all spoke and gave a variety of perspectives. Some were very supportive and others were critical. Professor Phil Hanlon then facilitated a conversation with participants who were also asked to communicate some of their views on cards. Here’s a flavour of what they wrote: 

· Feels like the ACE approach can bring the nation of Scotland together

· We need to hear more of the critical voice – so glad of Jane Callaghan and Gary Walsh

· It promotes reductionism and does not recognise complexity

· How to get the “Positive ACEs” message out. Can we still call it ACEs? Or is it love   (attachment) and play really?

· ACE movement highlight the importance of connection, emotion and relationships

· ACEs is sparking HOPE

· Risks of a top-down centralised approach

· Gauny no use it as a rigid assessment tool to predict?!

The event was part of a Year of Conversation. Tom Pow, its Creative Director, closed the Lighthouse event on the importance of conversation and we gave participants cards to record specifically their views on the day’s conversation. Here are a few contributions:

· Keep talking and questioning!

· I came to this afternoon’s event with no knowledge of the subject but have found it incredibly insightful. Not only on a professional but also a personal level. How can we get people involved from all walks of life?

· The ACEs movement for all its shortcomings gives us hope.

· An ACEs conversation needs to involve everyone and not get too hung up on the language – by all means use the language that you are comfortable with but don’t use it as a weapon to beat up ‘others’. We are all in this together, so kindness to each other is needed. 

· Very informative but such a huge subject and no right or wrong.

We have now compiled this feedback into one document. You can download and read all the comment cards here.

Those who attended appreciated hearing varied views on ACEs and many hoped it was the start of a process of learning and an exchange of views.

ACE event, Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow 28.2.19

ACE event, Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow 28.2.19