Trauma-informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care for the Full Range of RHY Services
Trauma-informed care is increasingly recognized as a best practice for serving young people who have experienced homelessness. Very often young people endure multiple types of physical, psychological, and emotional maltreatment or abuse, resulting in “complex trauma” that researchers have associated with significant mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Research indicates that RHY organizations should provide trauma-informed services that thoroughly screen, assess, and serve youth to identify and address trauma.

New Publication Reveals Judges' Evolving Attitudes on Child Sex Trafficking
A new publication from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) documents an evolution taking place in the juvenile justice system — from considering trafficking victims to be criminals to understanding that they are victims in need of trauma-informed care and services.

People sitting in a circle. The focus is on their hands; their faces are not visible.

Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care
Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Trauma-informed care can help RHY rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Photograph of Allison Elias.

Voices From the Field: Allison Elias
Allison Elias, a social worker and therapeutic crisis intervention trainer, talks about her research on the effects of childhood trauma on older youth who are on the cusp of transitioning to adulthood.