course »Understanding Trauma: Unpacking Youth Stories and Drawings

Date: 7/7/2022, 9:00 am—11:00 am
County: Training Offerings
Sponsor: WestCoast Children’s Clinic
Phone: 510-269-9030
When working with foster youth who have experienced trauma, it can be difficult for them to be able to talk about their experiences and how trauma has impacted their lives. Sensory-based supports such as art, play, and somatic practices can be a helpful support in children’s recovery from trauma. Providers supporting youth have combined storytelling, story making, play and art to facilitate communication since the 1980s (Hanney and Kozlowska, 2002; Remotigue-Ano, 1980). The use of narrative methods with children with psychosocial and mental health needs has been described as both a strength-oriented, child-centred approach and a collaborative means of respecting children as experts in their own lives. This training will review how these strategies may support foster youth in healing from their experiences of trauma so they may excel in their lives.