Trauma Informed Care in Action

Recorded On: 06/24/2019

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system - including children, caregivers, and service providers. Programs and agencies within such a system infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into their organizational cultures, practices, and policies. They act in collaboration with all those who are involved with the child, using the best available science, to maximize physical and psychological safety, facilitate the recovery of the child and family, and support their ability to thrive. TIC follows these guiding principles: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment and equity. Early identification of trauma resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences is critically important. School‐age afterschool programs, equipped with the knowledge of how to be trauma informed and trauma responsive can play a vital role in not only identifying a need for trauma related intervention, but provide engaging experiences that build positive skills and social and emotional learning for youth.

Session Length: 10 minutes 

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Lauren Kiefert

Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

Lauren Kiefert is a Program Specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. Lauren joined NRPA in January 2019 and works on various substance abuse prevention and education-related grants and projects. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to NRPA, having both educational and professional experience in the public health field. Prior to joining the association, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, with a focus on health promotion and prevention efforts. Her thesis examined the current opioid epidemic and potential approaches to address the nation-wide issue. She also worked for a substance abuse prevention coalition that served a diverse youth population.  

Allison Colman

Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

Allison Colman is the Director of Health for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

Elizabeth Cook

Senior National Advisor, Social-Emotional Health, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Elizabeth Cook is the Senior National Advisor for Social Emotional Health at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. A school psychologist by training, Elizabeth spent over a decade in the field before moving in to the roles of School Mental Health and then School Psychology consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In that capacity, Elizabeth led several projects related to school mental health including, Wisconsin's Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative, an evidence-informed multi-year approach to supporting schools in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices.

Jennifer Smith

Afterschool Program Manager, Center for Community Health Advancement, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Jennifer Smith earned a Master’s of Education with a focus in Special Education from University of Minnesota -Twin Cities and has been working with youth and adolescents for over twenty years.  During her career, Jennifer has worked in public school settings, community based agencies and now Marshfield Clinic Health System.  In her current role she works with the Youth Net afterschool program, serving youth ages 8-18 in the Marshfield area; MCHS AmeriCorps Afterschool, supporting members placed throughout the clinic service area in school and community based afterschool programs; and the Wisconsin Afterschool Network, providing training and technical assistance to youth serving agencies statewide. In recent years, Jennifer has expanded her knowledge around Adverse Childhood Experiences, the impacts of trauma and the interventions youth serving organizations and community agencies can implement to help youth build a positive future.  

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