NEAR Talk – How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health

Trauma… it’s the really horrific things that we go through as people… things that deeply impact us. For some, trauma is a single point in time while others experience ongoing trauma and instability.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes these concepts when defining the word trauma:

Injury caused by an extrinsic (outside ourselves) agent

Results in severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury

In many cases when we experience trauma as adults we have gained the tools and relationships to carry us through. When we experience trauma as children we do not necessarily have those resources or the brain development that gives us the resilience needed. The more trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that a child experiences, the greater the likelihood these experiences will have negative health impacts throughout their lifespan that can include obesity, heart disease, and substance use disorders.

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Integrated Scope of Practice Resource

The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.

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Do You Know Someone Who Has Experienced Trauma

Brief one page overview of trauma and its affects and impact on those we may know. A simple informational reference related to trauma, it effects and healthy and unhealthy coping strategies.

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