Traumatic experiences can be devastating for a child, affecting their behavioral functions like self-control and cognitive functions such as ability to learn and process. As mentors, we often work with youth who have experienced trauma either directly or indirectly. This workshop will help you learn to identify trauma in a child and strategies for mentoring a traumatized child with care and empathy. It also provides a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence on a child.
Participants will be able to:
1. Define what it means to experience trauma
2. Recognize ways to interact with a traumatized child with care and empathy
3. Identify symptoms of trauma, and what it means to be trauma- informed
4. Review ways in which a mentor can implement self-care
• What is Trauma
• Fight, Flight, or Freeze
• What it means to be trauma informed
• Trauma Symptoms
• Trauma Behaviors
• How to appropriately interact with a traumatized child
• The importance of self-care
• Ways to take a break
Primary Audience: School, business, community and faith-based mentoring staff members who are responsible for operating mentor programs and/or recruiting mentors.