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Trauma Informed Care in Action

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system - including children, caregivers, and service providers. Programs and agencies within such a system infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into their organizational cultures, practices, and policies. They act in collaboration with all those who are involved with the child, using the best available science, to maximize physical and psychological safety, facilitate the recovery of the child and family, and support their ability to thrive. TIC follows these guiding principles: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment and equity. Early identification of trauma resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences is critically important. School?age afterschool programs, equipped with the knowledge of how to be trauma informed and trauma responsive can play a vital role in not only identifying a need for trauma related intervention, but provide engaging experiences that build positive skills and social and emotional learning for youth.

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