Category: Trauma Informed Care

5 Suicide Myths and Realities

The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has brought the subject of suicide, particularly child and youth suicide, into broader awareness and interest among the general public. While it is certainly positive that the conversation has extended beyond mental health professionals, the series is not without controversy. Michael Joranger Some people who have been paying attention to this tragic subject … Continue

Trauma Sensitive Schools: A perspective, not a profession.

As the academic and developmental needs of school children continue to increase, there’s an ever-increasing expectation that teachers help meet those needs. Not surprisingly, this leaves teachers feeling overwhelmed. They often report that they don’t have the time, nor do they feel qualified, to adequately support students. And, it leaves administrators feeling protective of their teachers who are already stretched … Continue

Trauma + Sensory Processing Challenges: Tools That Help

We recently brought Sheila Frick, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed) to SaintA for two presentations on July 18 in the Franciscan Center. One session was tailored to staff and the other was directed to SaintA foster parents. I’m proud that we hosted such a notable trainer; Sheila has become an international expert in pediatrics utilizing sensory techniques. She is founder … Continue

What Caregiver Capacity Means to Me

As a social worker, the idea of Caregiver Capacity is not something new to me; self-care was discussed consistently throughout my formal education. Yet, coming to SaintA and hearing about Caregiver Capacity from the lens of being trauma-informed has profoundly impacted my understanding of the importance of this ingredient in my day-to-day practices. I think many of us would agree … Continue

The Power of Relationship

“The most important property of humankind is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. These relationships are absolutely necessary for any of us to survive, learn, work, love and procreate. Human relationships take many forms but the most intense, most pleasurable and most painful are those relationships with family, friends and loved ones.” — Dr. Bruce Perry, Bonding and Attachment … Continue

What Happens to Us, and When It Happens, Matters

Too often, when working with children and families, I hear people say, “Well, at least they were just a little kid when that happened and they don’t remember.” This common misconception about the Impact of childhood trauma on the developing brain can lead to a lack of understanding of how our experiences shape the way we interact with the world … Continue

When Adversity Is Prevalent, Understanding Is Key

To begin to meet the needs of those we work with, we need to first appreciate how often those in our community have been exposed to trauma. One study that helps us understand the prevalence of adverse experiences is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, originally conducted in San Diego, California and replicated in nearly every state, including Wisconsin. Prevalence: … Continue

ACEs, TIC and 7ei, Oh My!

Child welfare is definitely one of those professions filled with acronyms. OHC for out-of-home care, TFC for treatment foster care and my favorite, WiSACWIS (Wisconsin Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System.) Say that five times fast. Having been here for only about 6 months, there’s still a lot to learn. However, there are a handful of acronyms I’ve gotten to … Continue

Helping Children in Crisis Move in a Trauma-Sensitive Way

For many individuals who work in child welfare, moving children from a home, especially due to an emergency, can be emotional. I remember when I was working as a case manager the way that my heart would race before needing to move a child. I remember packing up clothes and toys, almost at random, and the way my heart would … Continue

What We Know, and What the Court System Is Learning

Mary Triggiano, the presiding judge of Milwaukee County Children’s Court opened a three-day conference last week on moving toward a trauma-informed child welfare and court system by saying: Linda Steiner “Trauma informed care is not a natural fit for judges, but the justice system needs to know about this science. We can’t continue to do business as usual; it’s simply … Continue

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