Trauma can be defined as any event or events the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. Up to 43% of girls and boys have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Childhood trauma can be a result of all forms of abuse, neglect or witnessing violence. Families may experience historical and generational trauma as well as immigrant and refugee trauma. When parents have experienced trauma themselves, it affects their children.
A ConnectU workshop on trauma’s impact on children was held in the spring of 2015. The workshop focued on the trauma resulting from childhood life experiences including abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, and having family members who are incarcerated.
- Brain Development Plasticity– Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Child Psychology at the institute of Child Development and Director of the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab.
- Early Adversity Brain Development– Kathleen Thomas
- Interventions for Psychological Trauma in Families– Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development and Director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health and Graduate Studies, Prevention Science Minor.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Information and resources on current issues related to trauma across the lifespan.
- Video Series: Historical Trauma & Cultural Healing – Three short videos explaining these topics
- Children, Youth & Family Consortium – Presentations are available from Lessons from the Field series on trauma (link to http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/cyfc/our-programs/lessons-from-the-field/traumatic-stress-series). An eReview publication on trauma is found here (link to Children, Youth & Family Consortium - Children's Mental Health eReview)