Special Focus Issue: A Critical Look at Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Among Agencies and Systems Serving Maltreated Youth and Their Families.
Hanson, Rochelle F. Lang, Jason.
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Vol. 21, No. 2 Sage Publications
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This journal issue focuses on providing trauma-informed care to children and families involved in child welfare services. An introduction provides definitions of trauma-informed care and identifies core domains and components of trauma-informed care (TIC). Data is also shared from a survey of child-serving professionals across various systems and roles to obtain feedback about definitional and conceptual issues related to TIC. Following papers address: trauma-informed care in the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project; building capacity for trauma-informed care in the child welfare system and the initial results of a statewide implementation; child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and education providers’ conceptualizations of trauma-informed practice; the development and implementation of a child welfare workforce strategy to build a trauma-informed system of support for foster care; trauma-informed care for children in the child welfare system and the results of an initial evaluation of a trauma-informed parenting workshop; and the findings of a randomized implementation study of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for adjudicated teens in residential treatment facilities. The journal closes with a commentary on TIC that emphasizes the need to create systems that identify traumatized children and ensure that they get effective care. Routine screening for trauma exposure and impact in child welfare and mental health system is recommended, as well as an increase in the availability of effective trauma treatment. Numerous references.
trauma informed practice; child abuse; child neglect; definitions; professional training; foster children; parent education; Cognitive therapy; juvenile delinquency; residential treatment; screening