[Indiana] Teachers, social workers address child trauma in schools [wishtv.com]

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana teachers and mental health experts are advocating for communities to implement mental health programs emphasizing a method called “trauma-informed care” inside schools.

“Trauma-informed care started from something called the ‘Adverse Childhood Experience Survey,’ and it shows that childhood experiences affect behavior,” said Stephanie Shene, communications coordinator for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). “Instead of ‘kids act badly,’ some professionals started looking at why kids might act the way that they act, and a lot of that is just being aware of what kind of experiences they might have at home.”

Caseworkers with DCS say they’ve been using techniques associated with trauma-informed care for years and are happy to see awareness and use growing in Central Indiana.

“Any child we come into contact with has some form of trauma,” said James Wide, communications deputy director for DCS. Trauma-informed care “is built into our practice, our policy.”

[To read the rest of this article by Brenna Donnelly, go to http://wishtv.com/2017/12/12/t...d-trauma-in-schools/]

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