Moving Beyond the Trauma: Applying Trauma-Informed Approaches to Work with Youth

heartHigh percentages of young people have experienced abuse or neglect, domestic violence and violence in their communities. Such experiences are particularly common for youth in state foster care and juvenile justice systems, and for young people in special-education and behavioral health settings. Since we don’t always know individual trauma histories for the young people in our care, using a trauma-informed approach with all young people is an essential component of effective services.

In this training, participants learn about the latest research on the impact of trauma on the whole person, including its effect on brain development, individual perception and learning, and other developmental domains. They learn the trauma-informed principles that that underlie nearly all trauma models, and practical techniques that are proven to support young people. Participants practice assessing environments for safety signals, discuss and analyze how boundaries may be used to enhance safety and participation without triggering trauma responses, and understand the techniques that help young people self-regulate in program settings.

What You’ll Learn

  • The impact of trauma on young people from a holistic perspective
  • Core trauma-informed principles and how to implement trauma-informed techniques
  • How to adjust your interactions and program environment to include trauma-informed practices

For more information or to schedule a training, contact Director of Training Cindy Carraway-Wilson at 207 319-6009 or