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Trauma-Informed Practices

Trauma-Informed Care

“Trauma informed care broadly refers to a set of principles that guide and direct how we view the impact of severe harm on young people’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Trauma informed care encourages support and treatment to the whole person, rather than focusing on only treating individual symptoms or specific behaviors” (Ginwright, 2018).

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Healing-Centered Engagement

“A healing centered approach to addressing trauma requires a different question that moves beyond “what happened to you” to “what’s right with you” and views those exposed to trauma as agents in the creation of their own well-being rather than victims of traumatic events” (Ginwright, 2018).

Ginwright, S. (2019, March 28). The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement. Retrieved October 28, 2019, from

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) "refers to programs that attempt to enhance EI and emotional literacy and/or the development of what are perceived to be fundamental social and emotional skills and competencies. These include such things as emotional awareness (being able to recognize and label one's own and other's emotions), having the capacity to express and manage emotions appropriately, making responsible decisions or choices, establishing positive social relationships, and handling difficult interpersonal situations effectively." (Hoffman, 2009).

Hoffman, D. (2009). Reflecting on Social Emotional Learning: A Critical Perspective on Trends in the United States. Review of Educational Research79(2), 533–556.