CSC to offer trauma-informed care workshops

Research shows trauma in childhood can lead to negative outcomes later in life. Preventing and addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences is the key to ensuring today’s children help shape a healthy society.

Community Services for Children’s Early Education Academy is partnering with the Institute for Family Professionals to offer two trauma-informed care workshops on Tuesday, June 27. The two-hour sessions are $50 each, and attendance is limited to 50 people in each session. CEUs and PQAs will be offered; Act 48 will be offered to attendees of both sessions. CSC will cover the $5 cost if the Act 48 form is completed the day of the training.

Both sessions will be held in the Training Institute, in the Fowler Building on the Donley Children’s Campus in Allentown. Register online or contact Stacy Perlaki, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at 610-437-6000 ext. 2113, or sperlaki@cscinc.org.

Trauma 101, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Research indicates that 67 percent of the population has experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, putting them at greater risk for physical, mental and social concerns throughout life. Participants will enhance their knowledge of trauma; learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study; review the basics of brain growth and the impact of toxic stress and understand the four components of trauma-informed care. The workshop also incorporates the Trauma Shroud, a powerful image to explain the complex nature of trauma and its aftermath.

Communication, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Communication has the power to build or destroy relationships. Knowing and understanding this power can change the way professionals interact with others, building connection, respect and safety in relationships. This can have a profound effect on those impacted by trauma, making them more confident, competent and have higher self-esteem. Participants will be introduced to the 7 Hats of Healthy Communication, enhance knowledge and skills regarding Active Listening, understand the five responses that inhibit communication and have opportunities to practice and enhance listening skills.

Community Services for Children is a regional leader in early childhood education, affecting the lives of 40,000 children annually. Its Head Start program is recognized as a national center of excellence.