What Does Trauma Informed Programming Look Like?

Imagine you are a fifteen-year-old girl. You don’t feel safe at home where your mother hits on you, you don’t feel safe in your community where there is gang violence and your fourteen year old cousin was shot and killed outside of your building by a gang member last year, and you don’t feel safe at school where you are met each morning by school safety officers, a metal detector, and a dean patrolling the hallways shouting at you and your classmates. You’re already dreading going to class because you didn’t get your homework done. You stayed outside until long past dark last night to avoid seeing your mother. You went to sleep at 3am, got up at 8am and left for school without breakfast so

Why Therapeutic Writing

Therapeutic writing is writing to heal. Through writing individuals can connect experiences with feelings and move towards integrating a traumatic experience into an overall narrative of resilience. The first rule of therapeutic writing is that feedback must be entirely affirmative. The person’s language and voice must be heard in the writing and supported by the reader. Therapeutic writing, while it may naturally lead to an increased interest and curiosity about reading and writing in general, is an end unto itself. It is a process of personal discovery. Writing offers a non threatening means in which to share an experience with a negative impact, often making additional discoveries about t

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