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Category: Trauma-Informed Care

10 Ways We Experience Dignity

10 Ways We Experience Dignity

We are dedicated to making sure all of the children, families and staff we work with are treated with dignity and affirming who they are as individuals. However, if we are not aware of the ways people experience that dignity, we are liable to violate it, even if unconsciously so. Check out this list by Donna Hicks from Harvard University outlining the fundamental ways we experience dignity and the principles we all should adhere to when seeking to affirm that dignity in others.

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Finding Mental Clarity

Finding Mental Clarity

Mindfulness — the practice of being present in the moment instead of rehashing the past or imagining the future — has many great health benefits. But it can be a challenge to achieve in our fast-paced world of multi-tasking. One way to practice mindfulness is by using your senses to explore the world around you. Learn how you can do this every day with a simple pause at mealtime.

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Parents: Be Compassionate To Yourself

Parents: Be Compassionate To Yourself

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, everyday stress and the never-ending to-do lists can be overwhelming. Under this pressure, instead of being compassionate to ourselves like we are to others, we often become our own worst critics. Mastering self-compassion is a wonderful way to gain control of your day and reduce stress.

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3 Ways to Make Your Home Trauma-Informed

3 Ways to Make Your Home Trauma-Informed

We all want our home to be warm and welcoming; however, for friends and family who have experienced trauma, environmental factors can either trigger intense emotional pain or be instrumental in their healing journey. Being intentional about the physical and emotional manner of your home makes a significant impact on helping guests feel comfortable. Here are 3 quick and easy ways to make your home trauma-informed.

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Screening for Success: Developing a New Tool to Address Trauma

Screening for Success: Developing a New Tool to Address Trauma

Every youth who enters foster care shares one common thread - the trauma of being removed from their homes and separated from their families. In 2018, Washington University conducted a needs assessment for our treatment foster care program. Based on their assessment, we are now collaborating with them to develop a screening tool to be used before placing a child in a treatment foster care home.

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