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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, December 3, 2018

Wexler on ACE Interviews and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

David B. Wexler (University of Puerto Rico - School of Law) has posted Can an ACE Screening Interview Itself be Therapeutic? (Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream (forthcoming 2018)) on SSRN. Here is the 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.

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