Trauma-Informed Care for Complex & Racial Trauma Community of Practice for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Systems of Care
Source: National TTA Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC)
Resource Type: Video or Webinar
Transformation Team Subjects: Infant & Early Childhood
Key Topics: ACEs & Trauma, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Care
During this intense time of uncertainty, stress, and trauma related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial trauma, program leaders and staff can benefit from processing experiences and sharing strategies to support understanding, connectedness, and hope.
This recorded Community of Practice convened a group of infant and early childhood systems of care program and staff as well as experts from the field. Collectively, they explored the ways in which the complex and racial trauma of these times affect the children and families they serve, as well as their programs and organizations. Together, they discussed strategies and shared resources designed to help programs address trauma and inequities while building resiliency in context of the pandemic and preparing to return to ECE settings and work. They also examined tools aimed at multiple levels (individual, child and family, program, and systems).
In this session, Jessica Dym Bartlett from Child Trends discussed some recently developed resources about supporting the mental health and wellness of children, families, and staff in the context of returning to work, early care, and education settings in-person as the pandemic continues. Against the larger backdrop of healing from the interlocking crises of the pandemic and racial trauma, Dr. Bartlett shared ways to create optimal environments for fostering resilience, reassurance, and regulation in developmentally appropriate ways.