“Trauma-informed” healing is based on the understanding that the impact of violent experiences and damaging relationships affects not only the survivor’s physical, mental, emotional, and economic wellbeing, but the spiritual as well. Trauma’s isolating impact makes relationships more difficult. Talking about what happened may feel too vulnerable and risky. Removing the weight of trauma from the soul isn’t easy. But healing often arises when other creative forms of expression are embraced. New connections and relationships are forged – and without the limitations of communicating solely through language.
- Excerpt from The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
If you would like to read more about caring for children and youth who have experienced significant trauma, here are a few excellent websites and links:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This organization is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This organization, a program of East Bay Agency for Children, offers a variety of in-person trainings, primarily in the East Bay. The website also provides links to publications and videos.
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