March 21, 2018

Trauma Informed Care


Recently Oprah Winfrey hosted a “60 Minutes” segment exploring a topic that for her, hits close to home - the mental health effects of childhood trauma.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being” (SAMHSA, 2014).


The 60 Minutes segment also covered ACE tests, a tool mental health professionals may use when practicing trauma-informed care. ACE stands for adverse childhood experiences, and the 10-question test is used to determine what kind of trauma a person experienced.


Professionals who work within child-serving systems must be aware of a child’s trauma history and its effects, or their actions and responses to the child may inadvertently trigger trauma memories, worsen symptoms, or further traumatize the child. When child welfare professionals are mindful of a child’s history of trauma, they are better positioned to connect that child to appropriate, trauma-informed, evidence-based services for support.


Trauma Related Videos:


60 Minutes Segment on Trauma Informed Care


How Violence and Trauma Affects Young Children


The Impact of Trauma on Family Functioning and Child Well-Being


Trauma Related Resources:


Developing a Trauma Informed Care Child Welfare System


The Center’s Trauma Related Resources


National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Promoting Permanency for Teens


Updated: Florida Statewide Services Directory



Upcoming Events

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Live Webinar: First Aid
March 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Understanding First Aid is of paramount importance when dealing with the range of problems that may arise with the children placed in our care--from minor everyday problems such as headaches and cuts to more serious emergencies such as allergic reactions and seizures.


Presented by: Dana Gwaltney, RN and Dawn R. Bielawski, RN, Children’s Medical Services


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Center Webinar: The Vital Need for Self-Care in Child Welfare
March 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)


The Child Welfare system is comprised of professionals who sincerely want to make a difference in a child’s life. This drive often causes us to work through lunch (and sometimes dinner); overload on caffeine to finish that last note; or pull up to McDonalds for the 4th time in a week. Although it feels like there is no time to stop for food or take a day off, it is imperative for our productivity and health. ┬áPlease join us in this webinar, presented by The Center’s Catarolyn Glenn to learn how to recognize stress and the impact it has on our work, relationships and health. During this webinar, we will also discuss effective strategies to manage anxiety, prevent burnout and remain healthy enough to continue to serve others.


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Webinar: Collaboration without Collusion: Best Practices, Tips, and Strategies for Engaging Batterers, April 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


In order to promote safety and accountability in child welfare cases involving domestic violence, professionals must collaborate with batterers to develop strategies for child and family safety while still holding the abusive parent accountable for the violence. In this free, CPI Project webinar, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Child Welfare Initiatives team will explore best practices, tips, and strategies for effectively engaging with batterers in ways that promote child and family safety through perpetrator accountability.


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Live Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence Threatens LGBTQ Youth: Safety, Inclusivity, and Advocacy for Child Welfare-Involved LGBTQ Youth Survivors of Domestic Violence, April 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)


This free webinar will provide participants with the language, cultural context, and information to assist them in supporting child welfare-involved LGBTQ youth survivors of domestic violence and enhancing family safety and inclusivity. This training will begin with a discussion of LGBTQ vocabulary and terminology before delving into the dynamics of domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships. Next, we will explore the specific barriers and threats LGBTQ survivors face, and finally, participants will brainstorm strategies for advocacy specific to LGBTQ youth involved in the child welfare system, with a focus on inclusivity, safety, and prevention.


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Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center - Spring Statewide Training, May 17 - 18, 2018, Orlando, FL


In the tradition of building and sharing expertise, the Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.


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