Integrating Trauma-Responsive Services Into Programs for Youth

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

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