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2 Lowery Training Associates 1 Introduction to Childhood Trauma – Part 1 Brian Lowery MPA, LSW Lowery Training Associates Cleveland, Ohio Web:

3 Lowery Training Associates 2 Getting to Know Each Other  Name & Agency  Years in Child Welfare  What I hope to Learn Today  Ice Breaker

4 Lowery Training Associates 3 Why a Trauma Workshop?  Many children in out-of-home care have lived through traumatic experiences  Children bring their traumas with them to placement  Trauma effects a child’s feelings, behavior, relationships and view of the world in profound ways

5 Lowery Training Associates 4 Why a Trauma Workshop (Continued)  Children’s trauma effects us to:  Compassion Fatigue  Painful memories  Secondary trauma  Trauma’s effects—on children and on us-can disrupt a placement

6 Lowery Training Associates 5 The Challenge  Caring for children who have experienced trauma can leave staff & resource parents feeling:  Confused  Frustrated  Unappreciated  Angry  Helpless 12 12

7 Lowery Training Associates 6 The Solution: Trauma Informed Care  When you understand what trauma is and how it has affected your child/client, it becomes easier to:  Communicate with the child  Improve the child’s behavior and attitudes  Reduce the risk of your own compassion fatigue or secondary traumatization  Become a more effective and satisfied staff person or resource parent 13

8 Lowery Training Associates 7 Trauma 101 What does the word “TRAUMA” mean? 2

9 Lowery Training Associates 8 A traumatic experience…  Threatens the life or integrity of a child or someone important to that child (parent, grandparent, sibling)  Causes an overwhelming sense of terror, helplessness and horror  Produces intense physical effects such as pounding heart, rapid breathing, trembling, dizziness or loss of bladder or bowel control 3

10 “Lisa 911” Lowery Training Associates 9

11 Types of Trauma  Acute Trauma: A single event that lasts for a limited time A single event that lasts for a limited time4

12 Lowery Training Associates 5 Types of Trauma (continued)  Chronic Trauma The experience of multiple traumatic The experience of multiple traumatic events, often over a long period of time events, often over a long period of time

13 Lowery Training Associates 12 When Trauma is Caused by Loved Ones  The Term complex trauma is used to describe a specific kind of chronic trauma and it’s effects on children:  Multiple Traumatic events that begin at a very young age a very young age  Caused by adults who should have been caring for and protecting the child been caring for and protecting the child 7

14 Lowery Training Associates 13 How Children Respond to Trauma  Long term trauma can interfere with healthy development and effect a child’s:  Ability to trust others  Sense of personal safety  Ability to manage emotions  Ability to navigate and adjust to life’s changes changes  Physical & emotional responses to stress stress 9

15 Lowery Training Associates 14 How Children Respond to Trauma (continued)  A child’s reaction to trauma will vary depending on:  Age and developmental stage  Temperament  Perception of the danger faced  Trauma history (cumulative effects)  Adversities faced following the trauma  Availability of adults who can offer help, reassurance & protection reassurance & protection 10

16 Lowery Training Associates 15 How Children Respond to Trauma (continued)   Hyperarousal:  Nervousness  Jumpiness  Quickness to startle 11

17 Lowery Training Associates 16 How Children Respond to Trauma (continued)   Re-experiencing (flashbacks)  Intrusive images, sensations or dreams  Intrusive memories of the traumatic event or events 12

18 Lowery Training Associates 17 How Children Respond to Trauma (continued)   Avoidance or withdrawal  Feeling numb, shut down or separated from normal life or separated from normal life  Pulling away from activities and relationships and relationships  Avoiding things that prompt memories of the trauma memories of the trauma 13

19 Lets take a Break! Thanks for all your hard work, so far! Lowery Training Associates 18

20 Lowery Training Associates 19 Wrap-Up Wrap-Up  Great job….everybody!!!  Thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of Ohio’s most vulnerable children & youth! Brian Brian


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