Nov. 8, 2022

We Don't Talk About Lupin: ACEs in Harry Potter

We Don't Talk About Lupin: ACEs in Harry Potter

This week, we're discussing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) within the Harry Potter series. While it is a heavy topic fear not! There is still plenty of ridiculousness, like the time Kevin thought Hagrid's three-headed dog was named Fangey.

Please note: This episode contains some general discussion of childhood abuse, neglect, and other forms of mistreatment.

Here are the resources mentioned on and used in preparation for the episode:

ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions, Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child

Can You Get ‘Stuck’ at the Age You Experienced Trauma?, PsychCentral

Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire for Adults, California Surgeon General's Clinical Advisory Committee **please remember what was stated on the show- this tool is a screening designed to let you know if further investigation is warranted and is not intended to diagnose anything**

This is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD:

You can find it here

Here's an interesting article from Tufts University about Empathic Failure.

If you would like to learn more about your own ACEs, heal from the ACEs you experienced, or just start the incredibly hard but rewarding work of improving your relationship with yourself, Psychology Today has an extensive directory of therapists across the country. The directory tends to be up-to-date and accurate, and includes insurance information as well as areas each therapist specializes in.

Finally, the episode of Armchair Expert that covered ACEs aired in October 2019 and featured Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris. You can listen right here: