National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Talking with Early Head Start and Head Start staff and Families

Provide information

  • Convey basic information about trauma and the impact of trauma on young children and families
  • Describe how trauma and the response to trauma can influence development and emerge as challenging behavior
  • Emphasize resilience and the importance of caring relationships
  • With appropriate permission, provide additional information about a specific child and family

provide hope

Provide hope

  • Share information about resilience in children, adolescents and families
  • Help teachers and staff avoid "assumptions" and seeing traumatic experience as "destiny" for the child or family
  • Provide practical suggestions and encouragement, building the capacity of teachers and staff to respond to children and families impacted by trauma

(Adapted from Blumenfeld, et al, 2010, used with permission)




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