Did you know that living in poverty is a trauma? Do you think you have ever experienced a trauma? What do you do to deal with the bad things that have happened to you? Who do you talk to about the things that have happened?

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5 comments on “Trauma
  1. Anonymous says:

    If you have experienced poverty, you’ve experienced trauma. Poverty is a traumatic experience, and growing up on poverty exposes children to extended periods of trauma. What do you address first – the symptoms of poverty or the symptoms of trauma. How do you address these issues without singling kids out as different?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is difficult to address the impact of poverty and trauma while it is still a presence in one’s life. Far too many children who live in poverty also experience the trauma of homelessness, of living in dangerous neighborhoods and the instability of lacking the basic security that children should be able to claim as their birthright. If children are our most precious resource then we should start treating all children with the care afforded to those who have the most.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is also important to recognize that all of us working in the field are being traumatized at times … prolonged second hand trauma exposure is something that needs to be acknowledged and addressed too.

  4. Karen Bigelow-Varney says:

    Having worked for years with the intersections of poverty and trauma it is indeed necessary that the trauma element be addressed. It is easy to discount some of the frontline workers as being jaded or uncaring but the result of continual exposure to vicarious trauma and not understanding or being taught how to build capacity for context about what success means and the balance that is requisite is one of the great disservices we do for our staff who work with those in poverty and by extension those in poverty who rely on our staff for information, support and service. The lens needs to be widened to understand and build family-centered trauma specific interventions and healing capacity. The context of understanding the language of poverty would be helpful as well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Recently NYSCAA was part of a day long symposium on trauma informed practices – many of the 100+ in attendance seemed very new to many of the concepts introduced. Is NYSCAA following up on that with more opportunities? Are people in the field asking for this sort of training? Would front line staff benefit from a working group that meets on line or via phone for these kinds of discussions?

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