What Are They Running From? Youth Trauma and Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences @ Online
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – Dec 5 @ 5:30 pm
What Are They Running From? Youth Trauma and Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences @ Online

Discuss why juveniles runaway and dangers that apply to youth during this time-frame. Explore strategies for interrupting chronic runaway behavior, while providing a tool to help assess and document runaway reasons, behaviors, and intervention options. Consider trauma that can occur during these runaway events and approaching youth during traumatic events.

This is a Live Online Instructor Led Course. Pre-registration is required. You will receive virtual classroom instructions in your confirmation email and in communications leading up to training.


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Training Schedule:
December 4, 2023 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm CST
December 5, 2023 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm CST

The latest research has successfully concluded that young people who run away from home are often victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. They have also suffered trauma as a bystander to domestic violence, substance abuse in the home, the death of a loved one from an overdose or violent act, or when a parent or guardian is arrested. Also, many children of these children abuse substances and are at high risk of human trafficking. Community stakeholders such as police officers, educators, mental health professionals, and child protective service providers must work together to identify these young people and develop effective community wide plans in providing protective factors. During this training, you will learn how to develop an action plan and implement various proven tools to provide protective factors to this critically at-risk population.

What’s In It For You

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Utilize the Runaway Risk Screening Tool to identify children that have runaway due to their exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
  • Identify young people who are most vulnerable to human trafficking recruitment
  • Establish a local “Youth Huddle” which is essential in preparing an individual youth action plan to help children exposed to violence and other adverse experiences
  • Utilize the Home Safety Worksheet and Children Exposed to Trauma Form to identify children that have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences
  • Enhance the safety of all involved in this effort including front line law enforcement officers, victims of domestic violence, and young people exposed to domestic violence
  • Initiate community-wide protective factors for children exposed to trauma including the arrest of a parent, witnessing a loved one pass away, or suffer a serious medical incident

Past participants had this to say…
“I learned about many new tools and assessments for when a child or adolescent is at risk of running away. I work as a foster care social worker, so everything you explained made a lot of sense and look forward to hearing more from you in the future. Thanks again for all the great learning tools.”

“This training had a heart for runaway youth and displayed a strong effort to make changes to better identify needs and services for those youth. I appreciate that passion! I would recommend this training to professionals new to runaway youth or youth in general.”

“I liked how there was a real-world example of how communities can bring together knowledge and support from a trauma-informed perspective to support the well-being of children. I appreciated how we had examples and lived experience to learn from. I felt it was a perfect balance of the background of trauma and the effects on our mind and body and how to apply intervention.”

Is This Training For You?
  • Community Member
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Court System Personnel
  • Educator
  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Support
  • Prosecutors
  • Social Workers
  • Tribes/Tribal Partners
  • Victim Service Providers