Training Leads to Empowerment

Recently, weekly Trauma Competent Care trainings started, led by Back2Back staff to two different couples in the same area the ministry is located. A foster family couple and a missionary couple wanted to dive deeper into trauma-informed care and have a desire to share what they’re learning with others.

Recently, weekly Trauma Competent Care trainings started, led by Back2Back staff to two different couples in the same area the ministry is located. A foster family couple and a missionary couple wanted to dive deeper into trauma-informed care and have a desire to share what they’re learning with others.

“Every Saturday, we all meet together for training,” explained Hope Garcia, Back2Back D.R. Co-Director. “It’s been good practice for our staff team as materials were recently updated.”

The foster family couple currently has a 17-year old girl in their care and really wanted to  focus on gaining skills to help create felt-safety in their home. “The foster mom shared there was a distance between her and their foster daughter,” explained Hope. “She wanted to try to bridge the gap and be a safe space for the young woman.” The mother attended medical appointments with the teen, showing her she wanted to be involved in her life – both the good and the bad.

“She came back the following week, after taking her foster daughter to appointments, and shared a note she received from the teen thanking her for being there,” shared Hope. “She was elated and said this sort of interaction had never happened before!”

The other couple, a Brazilian family serving the street kids in their area, lead a soccer team for the children and wanted additional training due to increased violence and aggression amongst the youth they serve.

After sharing about the behavior issues, Hope taught a lesson about empowerment and the importance of hydration for children every two hours. He took this information to heart, restructuring his soccer practices to include a set time for everyone to hydrate. He reported the following week just how much it helped the behavior on the team.  

This is the power of trauma-informed caregiving – we begin to better understand exactly what our bodies need, that often our reactions to things have a deeper root, and together, safe adults obtain proper techniques and skills to serve vulnerable populations.

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