Trauma and Relational Care
Integrating an Awareness of Trauma into the Characteristics of Relational Child and Youth Care
Healing—the restorative process of becoming healthy and whole—is a central element in recovery from trauma. The integration of trauma-informed care into relational practice supports this healing process. The characteristics of relational child and youth care have been defined (Garfat & Fulcher, 2012) and organized into a framework (Freeman & Garfat, 2014). The impact of trauma and an example of relational trauma in early childhood are explained, and select characteristics are identified and described in the context of trauma-informed practice.
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