Can an ACE Screening Interview Itself be Therapeutic?

Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream (2018 Forthcoming)

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 18-35

4 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

See all articles by David B. Wexler

David B. Wexler

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law; University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Date Written: November 18, 2018

Abstract

This short (few page) essay suggests a properly and compassionately conducted interview of a person regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) can itself provide important therapeutic value by lessening shame and humiliation and, accordingly, anxiety, depression, and other health and mental health conditions. From a therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) perspective, which looks at the law as a potential therapeutic agent, the essay suggests that problem-solving courts (drug courts, mental health courts, domestic violence courts, veterans' courts, community courts, etc.) explore using a private, compassionate ACE interview as a standard ingredient of the eligibility/admission process.

Keywords: Therapeutic jurisprudence, problem-solving courts, ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Suggested Citation

Wexler, David B., Can an ACE Screening Interview Itself be Therapeutic? (November 18, 2018). Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream (2018 Forthcoming); Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 18-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287223

David B. Wexler (Contact Author)

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law ( email )

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University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

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Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
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