Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care

SaintA is in the forefront of therapeutic practices that apply what neuroscience has taught us about how the brain develops, functions and recovers from trauma to help children overcome adverse experiences and thrive.

This adversity can include abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, divorce, alcohol and/or drug abuse of a parent, incarceration of and mental illness in a parent. A seminal study of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), conducted in San Diego, shows their effects are widespread and can last throughout — and even shorten — a life. An ACEs study conducted in Wisconsin had very similar outcomes.

As a result, all our services to children and families are based on trauma informed care.

At SaintA, we believe seven essential ingredients are helpful in understanding what trauma informed care is and how to implement it. These elements are prevalence, impact, perspective shift, regulation, relationship, reason to be and caregiver capacity.

We are one of a handful of agencies nationwide certified through the Houston-based ChildTrauma Academy in the neurosequential model of therapeutics (NMT™). And we are one of a select group of organizations worldwide with NMT™ Flagship status. NMT™ is a biologically informed way to assess when trauma occurred in a child’s development and create ways to mitigate its effects.

Assessment is critical, because the brain develops in stages, and knowing at what point in a child’s life trauma or maltreatment occurred – even in utero– can help determine what part of the brain was affected and therefore guide effective intervention. Buffering factors, such as a caring person in the child’s life, also are considered.

From this information, we can assess the child’s strengths and weaknesses and create interventions individualized to his or her needsto improve social, emotional, cognitive and physical functioning.

View details on The Regional Summit on ACEs
held on March 24-26.

Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Community Presentation:

Translating Emerging Brain Science into Positive Impact for Wisconsin’s Children & Families:

View the taped webinar from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Helpful Resources

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
ChildTrauma Academy
National Child Trauma Stress Network
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Trauma Sensitive Schools Toolkit

For more information on SaintA trauma informed care initiatives, or to inquire about training or consultation, contact:

Tim Grove
Chief Clinical Officer
(414) 465-5775
tgrove@sainta.org

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