In my last post, I opened the subject of attachment in children and its importance in creating resilience for children toward recovery from a traumatic events. In short, a child that has had a healthy parent (or caregiver) attachment process in infancy will have an easier recovery from trauma. Let’s look at this process more closely.
We have been discussing how trauma and adverse childhood experiences affect a child’s lifetime emotional, physical and relational health. A child is most vulnerable during early childhood development, when dependent on the care given by adults. If the early childhood development process has been a healthy one, the child is more likely to possess the resilience to handle trauma than if […]
We have discussed several aspects of the complex subject of trauma but have not yet touched on how to help a victim. It is difficult to know how to help a family member or friend who lives in trauma-induced fear feel safe, particularly if a crowded setting can trigger a traumatic event. In Creating Sanctuary, […]
In my last post, I utilized research to help us all understand the impact of trauma to children in urban areas. In the Philadelphia region, we have seen how trauma has devastated children and families in case after case. The impact, as well as the statistics, are frightening.
We tend to think of trauma in children occurring as an isolated incident in which a person did something to cause the trauma. However, a major contributing factor to trauma in children is poverty, and poverty is one reason for the prevalence of trauma in urban settings.
I personally have been in the field of human services for more than 26 years. During that tenure I have observed that caregivers of our children and teenagers also have a special sensitivity to their needs. Our staff at Lakeside are no different than others in society regarding how many adverse childhood events they have […]
We often struggle about what to do with cases such as the Penn State scandal about the sexual abuse of children. I truly believe that every investigative measure ought to be pursued to find out what happened and to whom. Locking up the offender will not deal with the trauma and extreme damage that has […]