The holidays mean something different to everyone. Some people feel joy and anticipation as the season is approaching. Others feel sadness and dread and cannot wait for January to come. This year the holiday season will be different for everyone; it will be a year unlike any other. During this time of instability and uncertainty, we can find peace, joy and compassion for ourselves and those around us. Paying attention to our own needs and the experiences of others Creating space for our own needs and the experiences of others is another example of trauma-responsiveness.
For many organizations, this year began with a renewed sense of optimism. In January and February, (time that feels so long ago now), my inbox and meeting calendar began to be filled with kick-off events and strategic plans related to vision and seeing with clear eyes. This theme made complete sense given the calendar had turned to 2020 or 20/20. . Reflecting on experiences of 2020, 2020 delivered on its promise to help us see clearly. Now that we see, will we act?
It is essential to “assume positive intent.” This practice has the power to transform the default setting most of us have, which is often one of blame, distrust, finger-pointing, self-protection, and judgment. That default is not intentional but simply learned behavior. For many of us assuming positive not a given but a daily re-framing that requires practice.
There’s no doubt that these times call for all of us to dig deep to find inner resources and resilience to support us through these challenging days. Yoga means to unite, to join, to balance from the Sanskrit root, yuj. What more critical time to come to balance and to unite as humans than now, during the concurrent pandemics of corona virus and white supremacy backlash towards a global cry for respect and honor of Black lives?
How can we plan ahead with the sand shifting underneath our feet and the landscape ahead unclear? There are certainly no simplistic answers, but by applying what we know about trauma and resilience, we can take meaningful steps forward.
In these times of heightened stress and anxiety, what peace can we find in nature? What peace can be gained from self-compassion?
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.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach to care that recognizes how widespread trauma and toxic stress can be in society and the long-term and profound effects it can have on people across the lifespan. The COVID-19 pandemic is a mass disaster event that underscores the need for TIC. The Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) of New York is committed to offering resources that help to address the universal experience of the pandemic, and also the unique needs of a variety of populations more vulnerable due to other factors.
What is Adoption Competency?
Research has demonstrated that professionals often do not receive the training necessary to provide services that are tailored to meet the differing needs of adoptive and foster families. NTI is a free, state of the art training developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) and funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the federal Children’s Bureau. NTI promises to fill the gap in knowledge that impacts mental health and child welfare professionals’ ability to effectively respond to these complex challenges. Learn more about this free, web-based resource and how it can be applied to help families flourish.
In April we are reminded to increase awareness and become active around a variety of key issues of safety and prevention. Here are some thoughts and suggestions about maintaining our focus on these areas during this time of social distance.