Kids Hope Alliance Launches Trauma Training Initiative
The Kids Hope Alliance officially launched its Trauma Training with a kick-off event held on-site Friday, October 11, 2019. More than 80 attended the event, including local youth service providers as well as representatives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Duval County Public Schools, and the State Attorney’s Office.
Hope Street, Inc., a local organization whose mission is to create healthy communities and improve the lives of children and families, will administer the trauma training sessions. Hope Street, Inc. specializes in coaching services and education around the impact of acute and complex developmental trauma. The model they will be using is called TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), an evidence-based, therapy that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for young trauma survivors and vulnerable children.
Childhood trauma in the United States is disturbingly common. More than two-thirds of children reported experiencing at least one traumatic event by age 16, according to SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Without proper treatment, trauma can interfere with childhood development, hindering and even impairing academic, social, and emotional growth. The Kids Hope Alliance believes this Trauma Training will foster a more trauma-informed environment for local children and youth, where survivors can feel secure, understood, and empowered.