Trauma Informed Services - Understanding The Layers of Trauma

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A behavior is an attempt to meet a need and therefore has value. (Amy Hagan, 2014)

The above statement says it best. Ms. Hagan’s fantastic presentation began with a short video ‘clip’ to apply to the exercise “Client Video Assessment”. The video was Seabiscuit. In the “Client” Assessment of Seabiscuit, we identified his (the client) characteristics, personality and traits, before, his trauma(s). Then we identified his trauma exposures, “what happened to
Seabiscuit,” and his poly victimization, complex or continuing and ongoing vicarious traumatization, throughout a long period versus a single event.
Then there was considerable and much needed time spent on” understanding trauma” and the many layers of trauma, the physical and
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Bruce Perry.
I am familiar with the trauma informed services model, and excited about even more research establishing the medically based in neuro - science of trauma. There is rapid movement in this new area of research. The presenter’s knowledge base, the continuing training of informed services of other human service professionals, is remarkable in the positive steps toward approaches with trauma. I think it is brilliant to use the “Seabiscuit” clip in the video assessment for the ‘client’. It is powerful and gets across how multifaceted trauma is. Not just for the one traumatized, but the immediate family as well as the communities and their subsequent experience. Like a ripple effect. By knowing this information we can and will be doing so much more – and in different approaches in helping to heal instead of what we seem more often than not, to punish further the traumatized by only looking at behavior and not by cause. Ms. Hagan is a wonderfully energetic presenter who really is on top of this and is implementing it through training and direct services.
I feel like the universe is really coming into synch for the betterment of humanity. In

recent activism nationally, we have been running with the Trauma Informed Services with

emphasis on domestic violence, child custody and abuse. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice

released a study by Daniel Saunders using ACE and Trauma Informed Services in his study.

The study,

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