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Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress in Children Through Attachment

Let's talk about trauma.  What is it?  Our Trauma-Informed Systems of Care team at the Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute likes to define it as any event or experience that overwhelmed an individual's internal resources (or resiliency), leaving him feeling powerless or hopeless.  It can be a single event or a reoccurring event.  It can be life-threatening, frightening, stressful, neglectful, overwhelming, and more.  
Trauma is universal.  It is also deeply personal and individualistic.  What is traumatic to one person may not have any traumatic meaning for another.  The meaning, or story, that we create around life experiences impact all of us in different ways.  
This is particularly true for children.  When a little one experiences a traumatic event he creates a story around what that event means about his world, his family system, and himself.  These stories often dig themselves deep into the fabric of a child's psyche.  They are called internal worki…

We need an expert guide

“This is what the LORD, your protector, says, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you how to succeed, who leads you in the way you should go.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭48:17‬

There are some things that I am thinking through and praying about.  Some decisions that need made. As I stand here looking into the future, I am aware that my own navigating through these decisions are tricky and need an expert guide.
It feels like being on Lake Erie with my dad and his boat.  He has given me the responsibility of navigating the boat into the harbor and into the dock but always, he is standing right at my shoulder telling me which way to steer the vessel, when to apply the gas and when to reverse.   On my own, I could do tremendous damage.  I'm not the captain and I have no long-term skill in guiding water craft through tight canals, among other much-valued vessels.  It's intimidating!
Or like Frodo navigating through the Mordor.  A step in the wrong direction means certain dea…