In the recent years I havent stopped wondering how psycho-physical being human really is. Another interesting thing i have discovered is the fact how one’s past can have an impact to this psycho-physical wellbeing.
Great example of the former observations is the massive study that was conducted in California about 20 years ago. This study was called The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and sample size was over 17 000 people. It studied childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges in relation to later-life health and well-being.
First, the study defined adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and it ended up with 10:
Outcomes of the study were very interesting. To name a few:
So, to sum up: these adverse childhood experiences are very common and they can have huge impact for human’s mind and body. What can i furthermore add, and which i find very comforting, is that human being can work on these issues later in the life, during adulthood. And that is also where our company can offer assistance. Among companies and organizations our company offers a service that is globally known as Employee Assistance Program (EAP). And EAP includes ”workplace counselling” and that is exactly where our core focus is now. Workplace counselling is a regular routine we do with the staff for certain period of time, for example 3 or 6 months. People we use in this context are highly professional people and they are able to work with ”ACE kind of” issues.
And oh yeah, what did I ”score” in this ACE check list? I had 5/10. With that I allow myself to understand better some of my addictions and strange physical symptoms i have had in my adulthood. For example i went 3 times through a 6 hour heart operation as my heart was in pretty bad condition when i was 35 (my heart’s bad condition was found just by accident in regular age checkup when i was 35).
What is your score in this checklist? Or what are the scores of the people around you in the workplace? Would you like to hear more about EAP and workplace counselling and what kind of results companies have reached by using that? If you do, please contact us via LinkedIn or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / best regards, Aku
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