Individuals with substance use disorders who are receiving child welfare services often have a history of trauma. Substance use disorder treatment professionals and child welfare case workers should understand the role that trauma may play in an individual’s life. The cycle of trauma may lead to a lack of engagement in services, an increase in symptoms, re-traumatization, an increased risk of relapse, withdrawal from relationships, and poor treatment outcomes, among other possible outcomes. In a trauma-informed organization, employed professionals at the organization should understand how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services.
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Supportive Communities: Why Should Child Protection Agencies Become Trauma-Informed?
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Casey Family Programs, 2018
Trauma-informed practices and interventions can assist parents and caregivers who have experienced trauma in providing safe and stable homes for children. This brief highlights reasons why organizations and service systems should develop trauma-informed practices.
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Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services
Administration for Children and Families, 2017
The audience for this resource guide is human services leaders at local, state, and tribal agencies. Professionals will learn about trauma-informed care and how to engage in trauma-informed work to improve their practice.
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National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. The website provides a host of resources and publications for child welfare workers, school personnel, healthcare providers, and healthcare practitioners.
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