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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Healing for Children and Families in Rural Communities

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 16:30
Donato, I., Perez, A.
Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series

This webinar discussed how trauma impacts populations in rural communities, especially racial and ethnic populations from immigrant and refugee communities. These populations have often experienced trauma in their home countries, in the immigration and resettlement process, and are exposed to ongoing risk factors that put them at a higher risk for mental health and substance abuse disorders including trauma-related disorders.

The presenters discussed a brief history of trauma-informed care, how it applies to rural communities, and what SAMHSA is currently implementing with trauma-informed care. The intersection between disparities that exist based on geography with disparities that exist by race, ethnicity, and other factors was also presented along with the discussion of how the determinants such as poverty, housing, social exclusion, loss of cultural and linguistic social networks, family chaos, and other factors increase children’s risk of exposure to trauma. Lastly presenters discussed a model for trauma-informed healing and service delivery for rural populations that have experienced trauma and provided highlights from the perspective of health promotion and strengths-based approaches.

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