Trauma and Resilience

Trauma and Resilience

New research is helping us better understand trauma and its impacts on our lives. Studies are helping to demonstrate the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a host of negative adult outcomes—from higher rates of substance use to physical effects like increased cancer risks. As our understanding of trauma expands, it underlines our need to build systems that not only can recognize and respond sensitively to individuals who have experienced trauma, but also are designed to help them heal and recover from the impacts of trauma.

Those working at the front end of child welfare often work with both children and adults who are working to heal from a history of trauma. This innovation stream focuses on building an understanding of trauma, including how it affects development; relationships, especially children’s relationship with caregivers; and parenting. Our materials and resources explore these effects and offer strategies to promote recovery and healing in your work with both parents and children.


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Understanding and Responding Proactively to Polyvictimization

December 17, 2018 | Digital Dialogue | Trauma & Resilience

Responding to Polyvictimization

Learn how new research is helping us to better understand polyvictimization, its impacts, and how to interrupt the patterns and help support healing.

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From the Field: Hatred, Hope and Healing

Digital Dialogue Summary | Trauma & Resilience

This document summarizes a Digital Dialogue with Dr. Johnny Rice II, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Coppin State University and founder of Social Justice Ventures LLC about the road to resilience for children who have been affected by domestic violence in their families.

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From the Field: Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Digital Dialogue Summary | Trauma & Resilience

CANTASD hosted a Digital Dialogue with Jessica Dym Bartlett, Ph.D., MSW, Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends about the unique impacts of trauma in early childhood, and how to help children who have experienced it.

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Hatred, Hope and Healing: Personal Reflections from an Adult Who Witnessed Domestic Violence as a Child

October 18, 2017 | Digital Dialogue | Trauma & Resilience

Hatred, Hope, and Healing

Learn about a family-centered approach to responding to domestic violence—one that engages and supports not only victims and survivors, but also the children who witness violence, as well as the adult perpetrators.


Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

November 1, 2017 | Digital Dialogue | Trauma & Resilience

Helping Young Children

Learn about the ways that trauma can affect our youngest children, and how programs and practitioners can support them.