Recommended reading: Trauma & ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

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The NRVCS Community Wellness & Outreach team recently utilized a portion of its Federal Block Grant funds to purchase a set of books for each of the local public libraries in the New River Valley. The books are all related to the topic of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs.”

It has been a quarter century since researchers first called attention to the potential long-term impact of childhood trauma or ACEs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential.

“Because these issues are at the root of so many of the challenges faced by communities – across the nation and here in the New River Valley – it is imperative that we all understand, recognize and address ACEs and trauma,” explains Mike Wade, Coordinator of Community Wellness & Outreach with NRVCS. “Our hope is that having these books readily available at our local public libraries will further educate our community members about this critically important subject.”

The donated books were delivered to public libraries in December 2021 and can now be found/checked out in Floyd, Narrows, Pearisburg, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Shawsville, Radford, Dublin and Pulaski. Titles include:

“Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss: The 10 Core Competencies For Evidence-Based Treatment” – Mike Dubi, Patrick Powell & J. Eric Gentry
“Unspoken Legacy: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Addiction within the Family” – Claudia Black, Ph.D.
“The ACEs Revolution!: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences” – John R. Trayser
“Educated: A Memoir” – Tara Westover
“The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” – Nadine Burke-Harris, M.D.
“The Glass Castle” – Jeanette Walls
“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” – Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
“What Happened to You?” – Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. with Oprah Winfrey

If your business or organization would be interested in a training on Adverse Childhood Experiences, contact Mike Wade at

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