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How Mental Healthcare Providers Can Be Trauma-Informed When Engaging Transition-Age Youth
7/1/2020 8:00:00 AM
Transition-Age Youth (TAY) are young people who are transitioning out of the child mental health system and into the adult mental health system. It can be a hard transition that requires strong engagement on the part of providers. This transition period requires strong trauma-informed approach. Trauma-informed care is an approach to practice that raises awareness of the impact of psychological trauma and how common it is in society. Trauma-informed engagement is particularly crucial during the transition period because many young people with histories of mental healthcare needs have been exposed to trauma, adversity, or toxic stress in childhood that directly contributed to their mental health conditions, but they’ve also experienced much adversity a result of their mental healthcare needs through such experiences as suicide attempts, harsh discipline, seclusion, homelessness, and domestic violence.