Integrating Trauma-Responsive Services Into Programs for Youth

Posted October 31, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog integratingtraumaresponsiveservices 2016

Ear­li­er this month, Casey host­ed a webi­nar high­light­ing prac­ti­cal tools and solu­tions for inte­grat­ing trau­ma-respon­sive prac­tices into youth programs.

Accord­ing to experts, adverse expe­ri­ences in child­hood — includ­ing neglect, vio­lence, phys­i­cal, sex­u­al or emo­tion­al abuse — can pro­duce phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes in the body and brain, which can ulti­mate­ly affect a young person’s long-term deci­sion-mak­ing skills, sense of safe­ty and abil­i­ty to reg­u­late emotions.

With a sol­id under­stand­ing of trau­ma, experts can help youth — par­tic­u­lar­ly youth who are tran­si­tion­ing out of fos­ter care or who are involved in the jus­tice sys­tem — heal from these expe­ri­ences and build the resilience need­ed to succeed.

Casey’s webi­nar is the first in a series focused on shar­ing lessons from its Learn and Earn to Achieve Poten­tial (LEAP)™ ini­tia­tive, which aims to iden­ti­fy effec­tive strate­gies for help­ing young peo­ple suc­ceed in school and at work.

The webi­nar includes a look at three LEAP sites, where project staff and young peo­ple are work­ing to pro­mote and inte­grate trau­ma-respon­sive ser­vices in their communities.

Watch the recording

Learn more about the LEAP initiative

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