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Trauma Informed Care for Young People

The Trauma Informed Care for Young People training offers a detailed blueprint for developing the trauma informed capacity of both individual providers and programs. Front-line staff, supervisors, peer mentors and leaders are asked to assess their own competencies by using the “Trauma Informed Inventory” (What’s in Your Tool-Kit?) as a guide to determine what skills they have and what skills they need. Trauma Informed Care for Young People is based on a “common elements” approach to trauma disorders, which means looking across several well-established trauma models to identify shared interventions.

The training will also cover the emerging concept of Developmental Trauma, which expands and elaborates on the current understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Information on the groundbreaking research of the Adverse Childhood Events Study (ACES) and from the field of neuroscience will be discussed.

Specific learning objectives for the training include:

  • Trainees will identify different techniques that instill hope in their traumatized young people.
  • Trainees will be introduced to a Trauma Information sheet designed to educate and empower young people and their families.
  • Trainees will be taught how to recognize and reframe symptoms and pathologies as coping strategies, adaptations and strengths.
  • Trainees will learn an assessment approach that emphasizes “learning together” about the common thoughts, bodily reactions and emotions associated with trauma, while avoiding retraumatization.
  • Trainees will be encouraged to include routine fun activities in their work with young people to promote negative arousal reduction and rapport.
  • Trainees will be taught several strategies on how to coach emotional regulation and cognitive processing skills.
  • Trainees will learn about the importance of expanding the social supports and finding places of belonging for their young people.
  • Trainees will identify their own self-care habits that can reduce vicarious trauma.