In this four-part series, we are going to take a deep dive into the Four Building Blocks of HOPE and discuss ways we can incorporate them into everyday life in order to promote Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs).
HOPE stands for Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences. The research from the HOPE study took the underlying result that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) cause toxic stress and lead to an array of health conditions, and asked the question, “would Positive Childhood Experiences mitigate the effects of ACEs.” The short answer is yes. The study showed that with enough PCEs they can mitigate depression and anxiety found in those who report 4 or more ACEs.
The Four Building Blocks of HOPE
Dr. Bob Sege and Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne’s research shows that PCEs help children grow into healthy, resilient adults, and they categorize PCEs into the Four Building Blocks. We will look at each of the four building blocks, present information for families and providers on how to implement each and provide resources for additional information.
The first building block addresses relationships among three key groups through interpersonal activities. The three groups include:
Parents/Caregivers: How to promote supportive relationships
Medical Providers: How to promote supportive relationships
Local Resources To Promote Positive Relationships