* An understanding of trauma that includes an appreciation of its prevalence among young people in foster care and its common consequences.
* Individualizing the young person. Trauma-informed child welfare professionals work to understand the whole young person and not only his or her problems and concerns.
*Maximizing the young person’s sense of trust and safety.
*Assisting the young person in reducing overwhelming emotion.
* Strengths-based services -Services do not only address trauma reactions—for which trauma-specific interventions may be needed—but also promote young people’s self-control, and skill building.
The Brief then goes on to discuss ways to address each of these guidelines.
What is your understanding of "Trauma-Informed" service based on this Issue Brief?
How might this information affect how you interact with a teen in foster care?
For Current CASAs, what are some ways that your CASA teen has showed evidence of trauma ("acting out", etc.) and how did you handle it?
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