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

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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.

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