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Sara McCullough

By Sara McCullough

Inside-Out: The Trauma-Informed Care Approach

Fri, February 10, 2017

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It’s elementary: quality education is an important foundation for a successful life.

But sometimes, what happens outside the classroom – such as constant stress or poverty – has a profound effect on how a child learns and develops.

What does that really mean? Students who are chronically hungry may not be able to focus in class. Kids who don’t have access to safe, productive after-school environments could be left to fend for themselves during the most dangerous part of the day. And traumatic experiences like abuse or neglect can have lasting effects on future development, and even change the structure of the brain.

The underlying trauma that a child experiences can result in barriers to major milestones: building confidence and character in school, staying on track for high school graduation and developing skills to earn, save and thrive in a stable career.

That’s why United Way is committed to helping individuals move toward healing and hope through trauma-informed care.

With the help of the Institute for Family Professionals, we’re expanding trauma-informed care in our region to equip more teachers, social workers, employers and community members with the tools and training they need to effectively recognize, address and manage the adverse effects of trauma and toxic stress.

The simple fact is, being trauma-informed means we can help others thrive academically, graduate from high school, find and keep jobs and live healthy, fulfilling lives. Together, we have the power to change lives and strengthen our communities from the inside-out.

Stay tuned for part two of this mini-series!