Eric Leberg talks ACE’s in Criminal Justice
Officer and public safety take precedence over all other considerations interviewing subjects and offenders in the correctional system. However, when safety is not at stake, understanding how subjects’ childhood abuse experiences (ACEs) may still be affecting the adult/juvenile subject’s brain and thus behavior is very useful. It can provide effective interview techniques, and/or a relationship that can promote the offender’s openness, disclosure, cooperation and personal change.
I use these techniques with an urban offender population in downtown Seattle, Washington. All subjects are under correctional supervision. They are all homeless, mentally ill drug addicts with violent histories.