York County Human Services is becoming trauma informed and certified. We now have 15 employees who have become Trauma-Competent Professional experts with several more currently attending the class sessions.
Since June 2018, the first class of Trauma Leadership Team members have participated in 42 sessions totaling 105 hours of training, have read 14 books, participated in numerous meetings and completed one test to earn each member the title of Trauma-Competent Professional.
Published on Feb 17, 2015
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Harris explains that repeated stress of abuse, neglect & parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse have tangible effects on brain development. This unfolds across a lifetime, where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease & lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention & treatment of trauma.
Published on Apr 20, 2017 www.REMEMBERINGTRAUMA.org
Highlights the life of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence, illustrates the impact of complex trauma & the potential for misdiagnosis across various service systems.
DISCLAIMER Inspired by a true story & shows the many ways that trauma can impact youth. Contains adult language & family violence, which may be upsetting to watch. Strongly recommended that you view this film with a trusted adult that can offer support.
One of the biggest predictors of a child’s ability to be resilient in the face of trauma is interacting with a caring adult. Through everyday gestures, any adult in a child’s life can vastly increase that child’s opportunity for success. Learn how your everyday gestures can help a child in your life at ChangingMindsNOW.org.
Published on Oct 18, 2016
Warning: Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence. It is inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive & caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma & exposure to violence. Yearly nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools & communities. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is correlated with negative outcomes: psychological issues, adverse behavior & serious illnesses.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) addresses the impact of trauma on individuals, families & communities as a behavioral health concern that requires a healing & recovery process.
What is Trauma? It is not uncommon for a person to have experienced some level of trauma(s), throughout their life. Trauma responses are unique to each individual and not all people are impacted in the same way by the same traumatic experience. Sometimes, responses may look like poor behavior, but they are actually physiological responses that a trauma-impacted person may not be aware of or in control of. Please view more information and resources on trauma at https://yorkcountyhumanservices.org/trauma
“We all react to trauma in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people. Your responses are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events.” (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm/) Response to a traumatic event varies significantly among people, but here are some basic, common trauma responses. https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/trauma
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74 Self-Care Ideas from Live Bold and Bloom! Which ones work well for you? Which ones do you want to add into your daily routine?
See more great ideas here: https://liveboldandbloom.com/09/self-improvement/self-care-ideas and lots of great resources here: www.YorkCountyHumanServices.org
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Every person who works with or has children should watch this!
“This 5 minute video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to talk about trauma with students. So a kid with trauma, or who is stuck in survival brain, is kind of like the baby elephant who doesn’t have protective adults around them. They can’t play and learn because they are way too focused on looking out for threats and danger.
So this is why, the most important things that schools can focus on, way more important than any techniques or curricula, is really whether or not they are creating that environment where students feel like they’re surrounded by these big mama elephants that are going to protect them and watch out for them and make them feel safe. When students have that, it unlocks their curiosity, their eagerness to learn and play as a way to learn.” https://youtu.be/KoqaUANGvpA
See more here: https://yorkcountyhumanservices.org/trauma-sensitive-schools
"Imagine identifying a toxin so potent it could rewire a child’s brain and erode his immune system. A substance that, in high doses, tripled the risk of heart disease and lung cancer and reduced life expectancy by 20 years. And then realizing that tens of millions of American children had been exposed. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s newly appointed surgeon general, will tell you this is not a hypothetical scenario. She is a leading voice in a movement trying to transform our understanding of how the traumatic experiences that affect so many American children can trigger serious physical and mental illness." This information is very powerful and helpful, to understanding the many detours, road blocks, and why's of adversity in our life and those around us. Know your ACEs, learn how to lessen their effect on your life and protect your children.
Today is International Self-Care Day (ISD). International Self-Care Foundation focuses on the 7 Pillars of Self-Care shown below. Which pillars do you utilize daily in your life?
‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’ Learn more here: https://isfglobal.org/
"Whether you spend it on a hike, with your pet, or curled up with a good book, taking time to care for yourself will go a long way towards improving your mental health.
It builds confidence, relieves stress, and lays a foundation for wellness. On July 24th, Self-Care Day, and everyday, Crisis Text Line wants you to make time for what matters." https://www.selfcareday.com/
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