Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s
pledge to promote social/emotional
health in children
In a recent 60
Minutes segment, Oprah
Winfrey reported on trauma, stating that childhood trauma is a "21st
century epidemic.” She hoped her interviews would spark a revolution
around how Americans address its most challenging societal problems, including
delinquency, addiction, explosive behaviors and other forms of violence.
The overall message was one of hope and healing.
And while appearing on CBS This Morning
to promote the segment, Oprah said, "This story is so important to me,
that if I could dance on the table tops right now to get people to pay
attention to it, I would."
Take our pledge to be a
National data shows
that at least 38 percent of children in every state have had at least one
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as the death or incarceration of a
parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who
has been suicidal or had a drug or alcohol problem.**
The Devereux Center for Resilient
Children (DCRC) has long understood the devastating impact of early
childhood trauma and the power of trauma-informed care. DCRC’s mission is
social and emotional development, foster resilience and build skills for school
and life success in children birth to school-age, as well as to promote
the resilience of the adults who care for them.
month, the DCRC invites everyone to embrace
our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking our online
to promote the resilience of all
children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as
well as the need for trauma-informed practices. Click here
to watch a video about our pledge.
“We agree with Oprah that all Americans need to
better understand this epidemic and how to begin the healing process,” said
DCRC Director Susan Damico. “Everyone – whether you
are a parent, family member, teacher, or community member – plays a role in
helping young children become resilient and productive adolescents and adults.
By taking our pledge to be a D.A.N.C.E.R., we can become more aware and
supportive of the emotional and behavioral health of young children.”
Taking the pledge – which takes just two
minutes! – means you will commit to doing the following:
- Develop a shared
understanding of trauma and trauma-informed care by watching and/or reading
Oprah Winfrey’s 60 Minutes interview, focused on how trauma impacts childhood
- Advocate for
organizations in your community – early childhood programs, schools, police
departments, hospitals, etc. – to integrate trauma-informed practices.
- Nurture yourself. Adult
wellness and child wellness are connected. Young children need the adults who
take care of them to be happy and healthy to do the important work they do!
- Connect with others.
Join ACEs Connection (www.acesconnection.com), which provides an online
community of allies, advocates and experts in trauma-informed care.
- Enjoy and celebrate the
fact that healing is possible.
- Remember that
relationships are key to resilience – make sure that the children in your life
feel loved, valued, heard and seen.
the 60 Minutes piece was truly
inspiring. We all play such an important role in helping young children develop
into emotionally healthy adults,” noted Damico. “By taking our pledge, we hope
to generate awareness and understanding of the affects of childhood trauma, and
the critical importance of taking steps to build resilience in youth and the
adults who care for them.”
Take the pledge, be
counted! To take the D.A.N.C.E.R pledge, click here.
learn more about the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, click here,
or to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, click here.
** Based on data from the Health Resources and Services
Administration’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, as cited in an article
from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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