Trauma: The Silenced Poverty of Camden, NJ

"The Veterans Affairs Administration has developed systems and treatments for returning soldiers who have spent time in war zones and suffered PTSD as a result. This same approach must be applied for people in Camden and other areas of poverty and violence. It is the only way to begin to move forward and make real change. Applying a framework of "trauma informed care" meaningfully and thoroughly is essential for education and job training programs to be effective. Opportunities truly will not be opportunities without such a framework....

"This American city is dying not because we are helpless to respond, but rather, because we don't have the correct diagnosis. Providing more schools, more police, more housing or more development without treating the underlying trauma doesn't make sense. Breaking the silence on trauma doesn't only provide healing and opportunity, it provides us an economic return that we need today."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-putthoff-sj/camden-murder-rate_b_2007070.html

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