Because over the past six years I’ve done a research concentration learning about trauma and trauma-informed care across the lifespan within communities and organizations, what drives me today is being in a position of helping people recognize that trauma is a piece of many individuals’ stories. We now have tools to help people heal the way that we never did before.
I launched a course on assessment and treatment for children and adolescents in trauma and had 20 students who had the option of being involved in either trauma-specific or trauma-sensitive field placement for their second-year internship. The field educators who were trained are now using this trauma lens to help move students through their internship, which illustrates when training with the correct tools, we can actually help people heal. I also teach diversity and oppression and interventions classes. Not that everything’s all about trauma, but it’s all a piece of it.