Trauma Informed Care Curriculum
Incorporating Trauma Informed Care into Mental Health for Children and Youth in Latin American Countries
Hilton Prize Coalition members Casa Alianza (the Latin American arm of Covenant House International) and IRCT (the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims) to develop a comprehensive set of materials on issues related to trauma informed care to help children affected by multiple forms of trauma in Latin American countries. The materials are available to Coalition members in Spanish.
This “Trauma-Informed Care Models” pilot project produced materials for training and served as reference for healthcare workers and specialists to better understand the effects of trauma and how to approach traumatized youth. The project team also co-authored a background paper, “Cultivating Resilience,” and a training package through the Coalition.
Throughout the project, reflections on the process were shared, first through this blog post by youth psychologist Gabriela Monroy and then through a November 2017 article in the Philanthropy Journal.
Trauma Informed Care Modules
Module 1: Fundamental Concepts
Introduces the key concepts of trauma informed care, a strength-based approach, positive youth development and resilience theory when working with youth affected by trauma. Also introduces the 7 Cs Model - Confidence, Competence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping and Control - as a common language for the assets, circumstances and support a young person needs for optimal development and to begin to recover from traumatic events.
Module 2: Communication and Crisis Management
Presents keys to successful communication with youth who have experienced traumatic experiences in order to help build trustworthy relationships and achieve open, honest communication. Additionally, shows how care practitioners can use communication to support youth in times of crisis while also exploring a number of other helpful ways to de-escalate crisis situations.
Module 3: Trauma Informed Care
Provides a deeper dive into the effect that trauma, adverse experiences and toxic stress can have on the development and wellbeing of young people and provides guidance on how best to work with youth who have suffered trauma. Importantly, it demonstrates how supportive, trauma-informed care is essential to both promoting healing and preventing re-traumatization.
Module 4: Building on Existing Strengths
Shows how to helping adolescents cultivate their innate ability to make healthy decisions, arrive at their own conclusions and own solutions to their problem. Also demonstrates how to leverage a youth’s strengths and skills instead of focusing on their risks and problems in order to empower them to see and be the very best version of themselves.
Module 5: Strategies for Managing Stress and Overcoming Shame and Stigma
Shows how to help young people build skills-sets to cope with life’s stressors in positive ways. As a bonus, also has valuable tools to help minimize the negative stigma, unconscious biases and sense of shame that many marginalized young experience.
Module 6: Self Care for Care Providers and Organizations
Reflects on the critical importance of self care while providing tips on how to avert burnout, create healthy boundaries and take care for oneself. Importantly, also looks at how organizations are encouraged to take a proactive role in designing policies and practices that prioritize the care of staff.
The materials are available to Coalition members in Spanish only. To request access, contact the Secretariat team at firstname.lastname@example.org.