ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has produced this resource tip sheet on what trauma-informed approaches in RHY programs are, and how a trauma lens can help youth served by the program.
The National Center on Trauma-Informed Care developed a technical assistance document on Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support for providers who serve women. The guide is a resource to learn how to integrate trauma-informed principles into programs and services for women, and may be particularly useful to Maternity Group Home and Street Outreach RHY programs serving girls.
FYSB has created a guide to shifting to trauma-informed care for runaway and homeless youth, focusing on posing youth the question “What has happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?” This introduction includes both materials from program staff and youth consumer points of view. ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has produced this resource tip sheet on what trauma-informed approaches in RHY programs are, and how a trauma lens can help youth served by the program.
My agency has decided it wants to be more trauma-informed. Where do I start?
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health has created a self-reflection tool for culturally competent and trauma-informed domestic violence prevention and services programs. This tool can also be useful to RHY program managers and staff to begin to identify strengths and areas of improvement for the program to respond to the traumatic exposures including family violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence that many runaway and homeless youth have experienced.
The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking by the National Academy of Sciences outlines how the science of adolescence continues to progress in identifying the determinants of adolescent behavior; in mapping the complex interactions among those determinants; and in clarifying the way these determinants function through childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.
How can I/my staff recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in theclientswe work with?
Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Trauma, Treatment & Psychotropic Medications, Many runaway and homeless youth have been involved in the child welfare system. This guide (available in both English and Spanish) is intended to help caseworkers, foster parents, or other caring adults learn about trauma experienced by youth in foster care and treatment options, including approaches other than psychotropic medication. The guide presents strategies for seeking help for youth, identifying appropriate treatment, and supporting youth in making decisions about their mental health. Additionally, this guide serves as a companion guide to the 2012 Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care.
My staff often burn out from dealing with clients’ trauma constantly. How can I support them?