Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work

Spectrum of Trauma_AHWG
This AHWG graphic, provided by Briana Herman-Brand (MSW), shows how any given person has multiple contexts of trauma they experience on a spectrum. In the Fundamentals Training, We explain four types of trauma: Individual, Collective, Systemic and Intergenerational.

One of the core themes of this training is reframing perceptions of fundamental needs – safety, agency, dignity and belonging – and reflecting in depth on how trauma impacts the ways young people attempt to meet those needs.

We want to move from asking young people “what is wrong with you?” to “I wonder what conditions led to this behavior?” so that we can respond to young people in ways that build resilience, trust and empowerment.

Objectives – By the end of this training, participants will:

  1. Define and describe the widespread impacts of trauma and how trauma shows up in the lives of young people in our programs
  2. Recognize the interconnections between trauma and oppression at individual, collective and systemic levels
  3. Problem-solve challenges with doing trauma-informed work in our programs
  4. Apply pragmatic tools and strategies to support young people to heal from and transform traumatic experience

BHB_headshot_resizedThis training was developed and originally facilitated by Briana Herman-Brand, MSW, in collaboration with the Youth Worker Institute Project Team. Briana has worked with youth and adults for 17 years at the intersections of interpersonal and systemic violence, healing and social justice. As a Lead Teacher with Generative Somatics, she teaches courses nationally on trauma healing and embodied leadership for educators, counselors and social movement leaders.


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