Working with Fathers: Trauma-Informed Program Awareness

Trauma refers to experiences that can cause intense psychological and physical stress and can have lasting negative effects on a person’s physical, socio-emotional, and/or spiritual well-being. These experiences can influence key skills such as how we think, feel, behave and relate to others. Programs that are ‘trauma-informed’ follows a process of ‘universal precaution’, meaning it […]

GRIEF, LOSS and SEXUAL ASSAULT: The Agony of An Untold Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road, 1969 Sexual assault survivors are among the most disenfranchised populations, coping with narratives of multiple losses, uncertainty, and grief that frequently go unacknowledged. An alleged perpetrator gleefully walks across the stage at a college graduation, […]

Working with Parents Who Have a History of Trauma

When working with families who are under stress, it is important to consider how past trauma may affect parents. Many parents who seek help from community agencies or come  to the attention of child welfare system have experienced some form of trauma. This might include living through or witnessing the following: physical abuse sexual abuse […]