Free Toolkit Provides Information on Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Connection to the Juvenile Justice System
Date:  11-21-2014

Trauma-informed care can help young people avoid criminal justice system
JBS International, Inc. and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health produced “Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources,” a toolkit that provides valuable information to better understand the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have on juveniles, sometimes leading young people to become involved in the juvenile system.

A recent Reclaiming Futures blog explains ACEs:

"The term ACEs refers to childhood abuse, neglect, and general household dysfunction that negatively affects a child’s development. To improve the treatment of young people impacted by ACEs in the juvenile justice system, there is an ongoing effort to increase knowledge of trauma-informed care and how it can improve systems in health, justice and education."

The Toolkit is divided into eight modules, with each module comprised of a video interview, an issue brief, and a list of resources.

The topics of the eight segments are:

  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma

  • Trauma-Informed Child-Serving Systems

  • Creating Trauma-Informed Provider Organizations

  • Evidence-Based Treatments Addressing Trauma

  • Public Health Approach and Cost-Benefits of Trauma-Informed Care

  • Youth and Family Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care

  • One Year Later

  • What’s Next? The New Frontier of Research and Practice in Trauma-Informed Care

    The modules of the toolkit, along with an introductory video, can be found by clicking here