University of Florida

Childhood Trauma and the Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care

Posted on April 9, 2019

A report released by the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida shows glaring disparities in trauma training for K-12 students and school employees across various districts in Florida.

One can imagine that the story is the same elsewhere in the country as well. In-depth analysis and mapping patterns of adolescent trauma show how the lack of trauma support can be detrimental for students, families, and districts as a whole.

In the 29 districts surveyed, the researchers found that there was no uniform curriculum or training method for district personnel to help children who have experienced trauma.

One could say that the training differed, but mostly they found that there is no clarity in what kind of training should be offered in the first place. This lack of consistency is disturbing in light of recent shootings and makes the need for a statewide framework all the more imperative.

The map includes trauma intervention and prevention programs per county, and the results are telling. It contained a Risk Factor Rating Score (RFRS) for different counties, which showed how counties and districts with more risk have the fewest programs to tackle trauma. Meanwhile, counties like Broward, which has one of the lowest risk factor scores in Florida, has over two dozen programs in place.

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