Children and Trauma: Understanding Impact & Strengthening Resilience Training Series
February – May 2012
The Campaign to End Child Homelessness presents a series of webinars on trauma and trauma-informed care. Join trainer Kathleen Guarino this spring for a four-part training on homelessness, trauma, trauma-informed care, and self-care for service providers. Each month from February – May, the Campaign will be offering opportunities to learn more about how trauma can impact all facets of a person’s life. Special focus will be given to children and families who are experiencing homelessness and how organizations can provide trauma-informed services to these populations.
Now Available – Homelessness in America: The Big Picture
This self-paced, online course provides an historical perspective of homelessness in the United States, a discussion of current trends in how we respond, and a view of the future as we work as a nation not just to manage homelessness, but to end it.
This free course is available now – use code “ncfhFree”.
March 14, 2012 – Understanding The Impact of Trauma on Children; 2-3:30 PM ET
Becoming homeless is traumatic for children and is often compounded by other traumatic stressors. Traumatic experiences can have a significant impact on all aspects of a child’s emotional and physical health and development. By understanding traumatic stress, shelter providers and others who work with homeless children can build safe environments for children to heal. This webinar will provide an overview of trauma in the lives of children experiencing homelessness; define traumatic stress and discuss its impact on children; explore mitigating factors in a child’s response to traumatic events; and begin to identify ways to help children and families heal. Register today.
April – Developing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Support Children and Their Families
Date and Time TBD
May – Building a Culture of Self-Care to Support Service Providers
Date and Time TBD
Homelessness and Trauma
Homelessness and trauma are inextricably linked. Many people who experience homelessness have also suffered from physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, injury, and other traumatic events. Trauma can impact all facets of a person’s life and can result in challenges that include mental health and substance issues, struggles maintaining housing and employment, and difficulties in relationships. Trauma-informed services take into account how trauma impacts people on a daily basis.
About the Trainer
Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, is the Director of Training at The National Center on Family Homelessness. She provides trainings on traumatic stress throughout the country and is an expert on the effects of violence and trauma in the lives of children and families.