Help Children Build Resilience Against Traumatic Experiences By Becoming Trauma-Informed

Help children build resilience against traumatic experiences by becoming trauma-informed

New research summarizes current practices for implementing trauma-informed care to support children who have been exposed to trauma. The authors outline the ways in which a broad range of programs (including after-school programs, schools, early care, and education providers, medical providers, and social services) can incorporate trauma-informed care into their services and help children build resilience against past and future traumatic experiences.

Childhood trauma is strongly linked to mental and physical health problems over a child’s life. The brief reviews how children react to trauma based on their age offers different conceptualizations of resilience against trauma and lays out steps that individuals who care for children can take to become trauma-informed. To help children build resilience against traumatic experiences, a comprehensive system of programs, services, and individuals must:
• Understand the widespread impact of trauma and potential paths for recovery;
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved in the system;
• Fully integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
• Prevent the re-traumatization of children and the adults who care for them

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