How Can Trauma Informed Care Be Used to Support High School Students with Intergenerational Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Jongenburger, Karli
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Approximately 60% of Canadians will have experienced at least one traumatic event as a child (Joshi et al., 2021). A high prevalence of trauma among youth, combined with a large number of children with undiagnosed trauma symptoms (Scheeringa et al., 2011), indicates a need for a theoretical framework within the education system to support the health and well-being of students who have experienced a traumatic event. Trauma informed care utilizes a trauma-informed and strength-based approach which is beneficial to all students and staff within the education system. This paper reviews trauma informed care, intergenerational trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and discusses the benefits of adopting trauma informed care within educational policies, procedures, and practices. Recommendations are provided to educators for support of youth with intergenerational trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder.
trauma, trauma informed care, posttraumatic stress disorder, intergenerational trauma, trauma informed, strength-based, secondary school, education system
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