Trauma-informed care integrates an understanding of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on lifelong health. The science of early brain development reveals that the environment in which children develop—family, community, and culture—impacts brain development, health, and genetics. In the medical home, being trauma-informed is important for prevention and amelioration of this impact.

Title: Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Prevention, Recognition, and Promoting Resilience.
Author(s): Earls, Marian F.
Published: 2018
Journal Name: NCMJ (North Carolina Medical Journal)
v. 79, 2, March-April 2018, p. 108-112
Available from: NCMJ (North Carolina Medical Journal)
Abstract: This commentary explains trauma-informed care integrates an understanding of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on lifelong health. It notes the science ...

SAMHSA Child Mental Health Event Promotes Trauma-Informed Approach

Psychiatric News (American Psychiatric Association) - June 08, 2018

Mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. That was the message highlighted this year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day last month. To mark the day, SAMHSA hosted a special event at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., under the theme “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma.” The event brought together governors’ spouses, senior federal officials, and organization executives representing the fields of primary care, behavioral health, and child welfare, including APA and the APA Foundation, for an interactive town hall. The event also featured trauma survivors, youth who had experienced mental illness, and their family members.

"Young people who have experienced trauma are more likely to develop mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders, McCance-Katz said. "We also know that trauma increases the probability that young people will develop physical problems like cardiovascular diseases later in life." Trauma, she said, includes adverse childhood experiences such as sexual, physical, and other kinds of abuse.

A new report by SAMHSA indicates that 82 percent of children receiving community-based mental health services have had traumatic experiences. After receiving services through SAMHSA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI), which addresses the needs of children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance, suicidal thoughts among those who experienced trauma decreased by 68 percent, and suicide attempts decreased by 78 percent. In addition, the number of arrests declined while school attendance and performance improved.

“Evidence-based, trauma-informed care models such as those supported by SAMHSA are effective in improving outcomes for children and youth,” McCance-Katz said.



Also: Improving Life Outcomes for Children with History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma (Press release):

Also: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences (SAMHSA report):

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Monday, 14 May 2018 10:49

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit


Resource Description

Teaches basic trauma-informed knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system who have experienced trauma. The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit also prides information on how to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them, their biological, and resource families.

Published in 2013

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This manual introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for becoming a trauma-informed organization, system, or service sector. The manual provides a definition of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, and offers 6 key principles and 10 implementation domains.

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