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Journalists across the nation have noticed the positive impact that Trauma Smart can bring to their communities.
How do we keep “trauma-informed” the focus of leadership?
Original Source: Missouri Children's Trauma Network
Our team member Jeanie Thurston presented at the 2o23 Missouri Children's Trauma Network Training Summit on how to maintain a trauma informed focus as leaders. One way to keep that focus is to model a trauma-informed approach in their interactions with all staff. A trauma-informed approach considers not only the impact of trauma for individuals served, but also the lives of staff. Using a trauma-informed approach in the work environment may lead to an increase of skills and resiliency with staff.Read More
Trauma Smart program supports youth who’ve experienced adversity.
Original Source: Robin LaBarbera
Recent research published in the journal Psychological Trauma about the intervention Trauma Smart points to the effectiveness of the training school staff in trauma-informed approaches. Data from the evaluation indicated that participants were satisfied with the training, they scored higher on the knowledge assessments, and staff attitudes became more favorable to trauma-informed approaches from before to after implementing the training program.Read More
Trauma Smart Program Changes Approach to Kids Who Act Out
Original Source: News 12 The Bronx
The Administration of Children’s Services is trying what they call a “holistic” approach to addressing children who act out. EarlyLearn NYC programs, such as the one taught at Bronx Community College, provide child care to families in the city, but the “Trauma Smart” program includes emotional education.Read More
NYC Learning Program Changes Classroom Behavior
Original Source: NBC New York 4
A city program called Trauma SMART, launched three years ago, is working like magic to help parents, caregivers and teachers better support children who may experience adversity.Read More
3 Hickman Mills Students Were Shot and Killed This Year. How Will the Community Respond?
Original Source: The Kansas City Star
Five students in the Hickman Mills School District have been fatally shot or injured by gunfire since 2016.
At least three students were shot and killed this year alone, including 9 year old Dominic Young Jr. On Dec. 4, 16-year-old Marquise Ellinburg was found with gunshot wounds outside a home on Corrington Avenue. He later died at a hospital.
Violence has taken a serious toll on the Hickman Mills School District. But the trauma affects the entire community. School officials can only do so much to support students and their families. It takes a broad-based effort to deal with the far-reaching consequences of violent crime.
School district officials have implemented services to address trauma and conflict resolution in an effort to help students cope with the loss of a classmate or family member and prevent future violence.Read More
Preschool Trauma Program In Kansas City Getting National Attention
Original Source: KCUR-FM
A program started in Kansas City, Kan., offers teachers and parents an alternate way to deal with intense emotions and potentially avoid the long-term impact of trauma. The program has been spreading in recent months, even getting national attention.Read More
Teaching Children to Calm Themselves
Original Source: New York Times
When Luke gets angry, he tries to remember to look at his bracelet. It reminds him of what he can do to calm himself: stop, take a deep breath, count to four, give yourself a hug and, if necessary, ask an adult for help.Read More
School Program Works to Help Kids in Kansas and Missouri Deal with Home Trauma
Original Source: KMBC-TV
A school program that helps young children who have experienced traumatic events is getting national attention.Read More
Giving Traumatized Kids a Head Start in Healing
Original Source: PBS NewsHour
Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are expelled from school before they reach Kindergarten. Special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on a program in Kansas City, Missouri, that’s trying to stem the trend by looking beyond the classroom to the issues these children face at home – and helping them to feel safe.Read More
KC’s Trauma Smart Program Recognized Nationally for Helping Young Children
Original Source: WDAF-TV
The federal agency that focuses on mental health recognized Trauma Smart, the program that helps pre-school kids who’ve already had bad experiences in life.Read More
The Way to Be Sure That Your Kindergartner Will Be a Successful Adult
Original Source: WDAF-TV
Share. Play fair. Say you’re sorry. Those of just some of the things you may have learned in kindergarten or before.
New research shows your child’s social and emotional skills in kindergarten are a strong predictor of success in early adulthood.Read More
New Initiative Will Train City Workers to Help Children Who Have Suffered Traumatic Events
Original Source: NY1
The city’s first lady launched a new initiative Saturday helping teachers and caregivers help children dealing with trauma — it will train thousands of early childhood teachers and staff members on how to help kids deal with trauma.Read More