Children and adolescents involved with the child welfare system have often been exposed to chaotic home environments, the chronic trauma of exposure to neglect and violence, and disruptions caused by removal from home. These experiences can significantly contribute to problems in physical, social and emotional development.
Children who have been involved with the child welfare system have a greater than 50 percent chance of developing a significant mental health concern over their lifetime; some studies have indicated that up to 80 percent of children involved in the child welfare system will experience a mental health need.
The Activities included in this workbook focus on trauma as a way of understanding the unique vulnerability of children and adolescents involved with the child welfare system to mental health challenges. It is a resource for:
- Thinking about the physical effects of trauma on children, adolescents and young adults
- Understanding the biological underpinnings of their challenges
- Identifying children with a suspected mental health need.
Trauma Trainer's Guide (1.74 Mb)
Trauma Participant Workbook (4.57 Mb)