With the holidays well behind us, there are several fond memories of family and friends that I will take into the New Year. However, the one moment that has stayed with… Read More
We’ve all seen it, the toddler at the grocery store attempting to explore something novel on the shelf only to be jerked away by their arm and yelled at by a caregiver, in language I will not repeat. But the message is clear…. “ you get on my nerves, I resent having to watch you, you interfere with my time, you’re not important for me to find out what caught your attention”. Another glance at the toddler and you can see on his face that this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Their eyes are windows to their soul and often you can see the emptiness, hopelessness and simmering anger reflected.
Exploring how we support others who have had traumatic experiences is critical in promoting resiliency and recovery. The simple shift from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”can have significant benefits in promoting a trauma-informed treatment milieu.
The following six principles of Grafton’s trauma-informed care model were presented at a recent poster session of the 57th annual American Association of Children’s Residential Centers (AACRC) conference: