The effects of truama on a person can be complex, enduring, and difficult to navigate. Brain science has taught us that trauma can literally reshape neural pathways and influence everything from emotional triggers to decision making.
Knowing the best evidence-based approaches for working with youth impacted by truama is important for Maryhurst's work. Without an appropriate knowledge foundation, our counselors wouldn't be able to effecively partner with kids on their journey to build resilience and strength for their adulthoods.
That's why the Trauma Resilience Communities initiative, which Maryhurst staff began training in this month, is so exciting for us. TRC's curriculum is teaching our staff about the latest models for understanding trauma, promoting resilience, and managing the difficulties associated with our work. TRC provides us with practical tools that can be applied across our mix of therapeutic programs for young survivors of abuse or families in conflict.
Here's how SAMHSA, the organiztion backing the TRC rollout in Louisville, describes it:
The TRC Initiative is a city-wide program, funded by SAMHSA, and managed by the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, that seeks to promote resilience and equity for Louisville’s youth and families disproportionately affected by trauma, race-based trauma, systemic inequities, violence, and civil unrest.
Implementation partners include the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work, Centerstone Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, and the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience.
This initiative will (1) enhance leadership and capacity for organizations to sustain a trauma-informed system of care, (2) increase knowledge and skills of personnel who make referrals and/or provide services to youth and families regarding trauma, racial inequity, community violence, and related services, (3) provide trauma-focused intervention services to children and families impacted by violence, and (4) evaluate the impact of the project.
If you'd like to learn more about TRC, you can read up in the initaitive here. Check out some pics from one of Maryhurst's training cohorts below.