An essential element of courageous heARTS programming is that we will implement a trauma-informed approach to our work. What does it mean to be trauma informed?
According to the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, "When a human service program takes the step to become trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services. Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services are based on the understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization."
Our goal is to provide training to all of our volunteers, staff and board members about the causes of trauma and its effects on the body, mind and spirit. We hope that many of you with an interest in volunteering with courageous heARTS can attend the upcoming training being offered at our space about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Please check out our other blog post about the ACE Study and the important information it has gathered.
We hope you will register to attend this great -- and FREE -- training opportunity by clicking the button below.
This blog is written by members of courageous heARTS' Youth Advisory Board, as well as occasional posts by our founder.