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 […]
At a recent symposium on trauma, Dr. Sandra Bloom, author, international speaker and practitioner on how we can build safe sanctuaries for our children, presented a series of facts regarding the impact of trauma on children. One of her most compelling points illustrated how we categorize certain behaviors for children and adults in our systems of […]
This week as I was driving and found myself behind a school bus, the bus’ yellow lights began to flash yellow then red as it slowed. I noticed that two oncoming cars, one behind the other, sped by the bus while it was stopped. I was appalled at this dangerous action. Several automobile horns honked […]