What is Trauma Informed Care?
When children experience trauma, it impedes their ability to learn. Simply put, a child cannot learn when his brain is not calm. Further, when trauma goes untreated, it affects the child’s entire life, and paves the way for future unhealthy behaviors including drug and alcohol addiction, and dropping out of school.
Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. As an organization promoting positive mental health, we believe it is of any community’s best interest to be aware of Trauma Informed Care and the ways it can positively affect a child’s academic performance and mental health.
A Unique Approach
Trauma-informed care is a unique approach to learning that identifies the presence of trauma symptoms in an individual and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Becoming a Trauma informed organization or system involves:
• Realizing the widespread impact of trauma and understanding potential paths for recovery
• Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others
• Responding by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
• Seeking to actively resist re-traumatization
• Renovating the environment
What are the benefits to becoming Trauma Informed?
When instituted in schools, Trauma Informed Care has been shown to:
• Reduce classroom disruptions
• Improve academic performance
• Increase graduation rates
“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.
— Paper Tigers, One high school’s unlikely success story
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How Does My Organization Become Trauma Informed?
Tykes and Teens is dedicated to supporting local agencies and schools in the Treasure Coast in becoming Trauma Informed. Our Trauma Informed Care Specialist can provide your staff with the training, support and tools to build on what your students or clients have to offer, rather than responding to perceived deficits.
Trauma Informed Care training can be presented to your organization at no cost thanks to funding by the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network.