We also know it is hard to navigate how to support a child, who has been impacted by trauma. Normal childhood problems and behaviors can suddenly feel like so much more when our children experience trauma.
Trauma is defined as an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. What this means is, it makes sense that your child might be feeling and thinking differently about the world now. There is no right way to react to abnormal circumstances.
At Prevail, your child can meet with an advocate. They care about your child’s safety. Advocates understand the impact of trauma. This means that they listen, are empathetic, and focused on empowering you and your child. They are really there to be with your child and family whether that is to go to court, support your family when you talk with the police or at our Child Advocacy Center, make sure your child their needs being met at school, or help you and your family get measures in place to increase your safety. They can also just help support your family in getting any basic needs you have.
We hear from kids all the time about being worried about how their parents are dealing with trauma too. They tell us that they do not want to burden their parents. They say that their parents have enough to worry about. So, we have an advocate that can meet with you too. It is better for if there can be communication and openness about your child’s worries and what they need right now. Everyone deserves the chance to talk about their thoughts and feelings without judgement or assumption.
Trauma can also be isolating and silencing. It can feel like no one could possibly understand or relate to you. That’s why we believe there is strength in numbers. Prevail offers support groups in our office and in some of our local schools. These groups are for kids who have experienced sexual abuse or family violence. Building relationships with people have had similar experiences can be valuable. We know walking into a room of strangers can feel intimidating AND there is power in not being alone. Connection is healing. We offer support groups to parents as well. We believe that when trauma happens, it impacts the whole family.