Teacher Training on Issues of Psychological Trauma in Children
We are currently applying our global disaster expertise to a very local tragedy: The psychological trauma experienced daily by vast numbers of children living in poverty and homelessness, right here in our own affluent city of Los Angeles. The teachers in their schools are mandated by law to report any cases of abuse or other emotional trauma. This reporting would result in the children receiving care or treatment from outside agencies and professionals, and is often the only hope they have for a safer, healthier life. However, teachers and school staff receive no training in how to identify psycho-trauma in children, how to encourage children to open up and share their experiences, and how to offer supportive assistance and guidance. The Real Medicine Project L.A. was developed to fill this gap and provide teachers with the professional psycho-trauma training they need to support the emotional health of their students and themselves.