The Bridge Youth and Family Services has served children and families in the village of Palatine Illinois since the 1960’s. This private agency provides a wide array of services to youth and families to address childhood trauma and change the trajectories of the families they serve. Services include mental health, crisis intervention, mentoring, and social & emotional groups for families throughout this Chicago suburb.
Managing stress takes practice, something The Bridge Youth & Family Services in Palatine illustrates to young clients by using a soda bottle.
Do they react to a difficult situation by exploding like a shaken soda? Do they show no signs of agitation — like a soda that's lost its fizz? Or do they size up a situation and respond accordingly, similar to a slow-release bottle?
"We talk about understanding how trauma triggers how they react," said Stephanie Beck, a child and family therapist for the organization known as The Bridge. "We look at what things they're doing that get them in trouble. We're not judging them, but trying to get them to understand and think what to do instead."
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