Trauma and Resilience

Trauma and Resilience

New research is helping us better understand trauma and its impacts on our lives. Studies are helping to demonstrate the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a host of negative adult outcomes—from higher rates of substance use to physical effects like increased cancer risks. As our understanding of trauma expands, it underlines our need to build systems that not only can recognize and respond sensitively to individuals who have experienced trauma, but also are designed to help them heal and recover from the impacts of trauma.

Those working at the front end of child welfare often work with both children and adults who are working to heal from a history of trauma. This innovation stream focuses on building an understanding of trauma, including how it affects development; relationships, especially children’s relationship with caregivers; and parenting. Our materials and resources explore these effects and offer strategies to promote recovery and healing in your work with both parents and children.


Spotlight On

Are the Words "Toxic Stress" Toxic? Rethinking the Narrative About Early Life Stress

In our concern about early adversity, are we selling short the capacity of individuals and communities to heal and grow?

Using Science to Understand the Effects of Adversity and Build Resilience

How new science is changing how we think about early childhood adversity and resilience.

Understanding and Responding Proactively to Polyvictimization

New research is helping us better understand how to interrupt the patterns of polyvictimization and its impacts.

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