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Trauma Echoes Helping youth in crisis Bill M. Thompson YMCA Safe Place Services
A little background <ul><li>Bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 years of case management. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kentuckiana ...
Types of Trauma <ul><li>Simple Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Result of overwhelming tragic event </li></ul><ul><li>Complex Trau...
Trauma Effects Youth
Trauma leads to: <ul><li>Repeated involuntary behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Distorted images of self and others. </li></ul><u...
Trauma Silences Kids <ul><li>Speechless </li></ul><ul><li>Mute terror </li></ul><ul><li>Unspeakable </li></ul><ul><li>Inde...
&quot;The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish the...
How to build rapport during crisis: Always start by listening… It sounds simple but most people struggle with this… You ha...
Every child wants to be heard, understood, & valued <ul><li>It is up to each of us to provide the safe space and opportuni...
Find goodness  and worth in all youth
Let youth know you care.  It might have been awhile since someone did.
Let them have their say <ul><li>Take time to hear a youth’s perspective </li></ul>
Don’t discount feelings <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to let them know you care. </li></ul>
Only after acknowledging their feelings <ul><li>Try to share some  HOPE </li></ul>
Youth show resilience differently <ul><li>How they frame their pain goes a long way in determining that. </li></ul>
Our kids crisis's are as diverse  as the youth we serve <ul><li>How we meet their diverse needs  </li></ul><ul><li>must be...
Meet their needs first:
Shelter’s are like an ER most days
Things to consider when making a case plan for a youth in crisis… <ul><li>What is appropriate for their development/situat...
“ Timmy” <ul><li>Timmy is a 12 year old.  He has just come to shelter from a residential placement.  Timmy’s Parents right...
“ Crystal” <ul><li>Crystal is 12 years old.  She came to Safe Place after a stay at Ten Broeck.  She was removed from her ...
“ Cody” <ul><li>Cody is 15 years old.  He recently came to Shelter House from his home after being taken in to care by the...
When this  doesn’t  happen <ul><li>The results are tragic </li></ul>
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Youth in Crisis: Trauma Echoes

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This webinar will focus on the immediate issues created by crisis using a strength based approaches to building rapport with crisis clients. The short-term nature of crisis shelters requires workers to quickly assess the needs of their clients and build rapport. The webinar will utilize Larry Brendtro's Reclaiming Youth at Risk model and how it can be used in crisis shelter setting.

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Youth in Crisis: Trauma Echoes

  1. 1. Trauma Echoes Helping youth in crisis Bill M. Thompson YMCA Safe Place Services
  2. 2. A little background <ul><li>Bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 years of case management. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kentuckiana Childcare Coalition, Youth Service Center Boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works residentially with 12-17 year olds in a crisis shelter setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LSCI, SCM, Reclaiming Youth At-Risk & High & Low Ropes Facilitation </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Trauma <ul><li>Simple Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Result of overwhelming tragic event </li></ul><ul><li>Complex Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Result of continued overwhelming events </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trauma Effects Youth
  5. 5. Trauma leads to: <ul><li>Repeated involuntary behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Distorted images of self and others. </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to trust others </li></ul>
  6. 6. Trauma Silences Kids <ul><li>Speechless </li></ul><ul><li>Mute terror </li></ul><ul><li>Unspeakable </li></ul><ul><li>Indescribable </li></ul><ul><li>Dumbfounded </li></ul><ul><li>Betrayed </li></ul>
  7. 7. &quot;The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When a secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.&quot; Stephen King “The Body” a novella from the book Different Seasons
  8. 8. How to build rapport during crisis: Always start by listening… It sounds simple but most people struggle with this… You have to know what is wrong before you can do ANYTHING about it
  9. 9. Every child wants to be heard, understood, & valued <ul><li>It is up to each of us to provide the safe space and opportunity for this essential human need to be met. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Find goodness and worth in all youth
  11. 11. Let youth know you care. It might have been awhile since someone did.
  12. 12. Let them have their say <ul><li>Take time to hear a youth’s perspective </li></ul>
  13. 13. Don’t discount feelings <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to let them know you care. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Only after acknowledging their feelings <ul><li>Try to share some HOPE </li></ul>
  15. 15. Youth show resilience differently <ul><li>How they frame their pain goes a long way in determining that. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Our kids crisis's are as diverse as the youth we serve <ul><li>How we meet their diverse needs </li></ul><ul><li>must be unique and creative as they are </li></ul>
  17. 17. Meet their needs first:
  18. 18. Shelter’s are like an ER most days
  19. 19. Things to consider when making a case plan for a youth in crisis… <ul><li>What is appropriate for their development/situation? (don’t be a cookie cutter case manager) </li></ul><ul><li>What do THEY WANT for themselves? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What keeps them from having it now? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the goal realistic/attainable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the clients buy-in? How can a case plan foster ownership & self worth? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. “ Timmy” <ul><li>Timmy is a 12 year old. He has just come to shelter from a residential placement. Timmy’s Parents rights have just been terminated. He is having a difficult time dealing with the TPR. Timmy lived with his biological mother and step Father prior to being taken in to custody. His biological Mother was very physically abusive to him. She used to beat him ritualistically at bedtime and when he returned home from school. Timmy was also neglected by his parents. He often was not fed for days at a time. He was sexually abused by an older male cousin. He was also forced to watch while his sister was being was being sexually abused by his step father. </li></ul>
  21. 21. “ Crystal” <ul><li>Crystal is 12 years old. She came to Safe Place after a stay at Ten Broeck. She was removed from her parents custody two years ago due to physical abuse and neglect. Father is currently in jail for drug charges. Crystal reports that she hates her father because he was physically abusive to her mother. She witnessed ongoing domestic violence in which her mother was abused severely by her father. Crystal was also severely physically abused by her father. Her two siblings were removed at the same time she was and she has not been allowed to see them since that time due to SAO occurring between she and her siblings (youth was victim). She denies any sexual abuse. </li></ul>
  22. 22. “ Cody” <ul><li>Cody is 15 years old. He recently came to Shelter House from his home after being taken in to care by the state. This is the 5 th time that he has been removed from his father’s custody. His father was neglectful of Cody and his siblings. His father dealt drugs and allowed drug users in and out of the home at all hours of the day. Cody was sexually abused by two different males whom dad allowed into the home. He is having difficulty understanding how his perpetrators were not arrested for what they did to him. Cody was frequently given the responsibility of caring for his 3 siblings whom he witnessed being physically abused by his father. </li></ul>
  23. 23. When this doesn’t happen <ul><li>The results are tragic </li></ul>

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