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Building Resiliency: Approaching Behavior with Trauma Sensitivity

by Jamie Bonczyk and Tiffany Grant
May/June 2022
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“A recent study by the National Survey of Children’s Health found that almost 50 percent of children in the United States have at least one significant traumatic experience. A study from 2019 by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 60 percent of American adults report having at least one adverse childhood experience, and almost a quarter reported three or more according to the CDC. These numbers are even more sobering when you consider that the CDC researchers believe them to be an underestimate.”

—Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. (2021)


In 2019, Child Trends reported that “children exposed to traumatic life events are at significant risk for developing serious and long-lasting problems across multiple areas of development. However, children are far more likely to exhibit resilience to childhood trauma when (people working in) child-serving programs, institutions, and service systems understand the impact of childhood trauma, share common ways to talk and think about trauma, and thoroughly integrate effective practices and policies to address it.” In parallel to this groundbreaking report, Greater Twin Cities United Way began engaging child care centers to co-design the vision of a trauma-sensitive and resilience building region, to move promising practices beyond individual knowledge and skills ...

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