Story support and photos by Office of Classification and Transportation Services Director Lisa Casey Bryson
Recently, several of Department of Juvenile Justice staff attended Trauma Informed Systems Training sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this two day training is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who have experienced traumatic stress. The training also focused on these youth who have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
During the training, DJJ staff learned to:
Define the term "child traumatic stress" and identify what types of experiences constitute childhood trauma
Describe their role in responding to child traumatic stress
Discuss how cultural factors influence how children may identify, interpret and respond to traumatic events
Identify ways in which children are impacted by secondary traumatic stress and identify coping strategies
Identify strategies for partnering with other agencies and systems that interact with children and families
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.