Healing Youth Alliance: Trauma-Informed Training
Serve as an ally for youth in distress.
Helping Youth Rise Above Trauma
This course will teach pastors, educators, families and young adults to recognize signs of trauma in youth and empower them to respond in ways that will begin to create a pathway for healing.
Bring this training to your church, school or in your community.
WHY IT MATTERS
Many individuals face long-standing barriers to seeking mental health services, in particular African American youth. Research shows that many African Americans rely on faith, family and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though medical or therapeutic treatment may be necessary.
We believe that faith-based and youth development organizations must address this gap by offering culturally-sensitive mental health resources and trauma-informed practices to pastors, educators, families and young adults.
1 Beyond the ABC’s: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County: Assessing the Well-Being of Children in North Texas 2017. Children’s Health, 25.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health
3 Saunders, B. E., & Adams, Z. W. (2014). Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 23(2), 167–184.
Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussion exercises, participants learn appropriate terminology, communication skills and practical examples of trauma-informed care. Trainers draw from research literature, Scripture, as well as theological resources relevant to the care of trauma survivors.
- Defining trauma
- Prevalence of trauma
- Impact of trauma
- Risk and resiliency factors
- Role of social support
- Effective communication
- Understanding triggers
- Spiritual community and resources
- Theological considerations
- Secondary trauma