As a Trauma Informed Care Environment, Providence House understands that traumatic experiences can have a significant impact on the children and families we serve.
Families seeking support from Providence House typically face more than one crisis leading up to their child’s stay which may cause fear, terror, or worry for both the children and their parents/guardians. Even frequent moving, unsafe housing, or medical and mental health treatment--while not violent incidents--can still be traumatic.
We provide service to children in response to the trauma of having been homeless, of being temporarily separated from their parent/guardian, of having a parent/guardian who is chronically ill, and of witnessing violence, among other crisis situations. In addition, many of our parents/guardians experienced trauma as children, have been physically or emotionally harmed by a partner, have been chronically homeless, or have suffered other traumatic events. We have one Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner on staff and train all staff and volunteers to address and alleviate the symptoms of trauma for both our parents/guardians and children.
Trauma Screening, Assessment, and Interventions
Upon a child’s admission to Providence House, one of our Licensed Social Workers screens and reviews each child and adult’s trauma history. If a history of trauma is present, and active symptoms related to trauma have been prevalent within the past 30 days, a trauma assessment is completed. If this assessment indicates a need, interventions are provided on-site or a referral is made for ongoing support. Sensory-based trauma interventions are provided for children as needed during their stays, and parents/guardians receive psychoeducation on trauma.