What is the Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma?

The Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma’s purpose is to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts the development of 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and how these often-overlooked experiences can adversely impact children’s development, physical and emotional health.

All proceeds from this campaign go to three non-profits who serve this population: ATTACh, Attachment & Trauma Network, and American Adoption Congress.

Where to find us?

Save the Date

The 2018 Campaign will begin on May 4th in Seattle, WA and end in Tempe, AZ on May 11th.

The Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma will make stops in the following cities. Please check back for exact times.

Seattle, WA

May 4th, 2018

Portland, OR

May 5, 2018

Sacramento, CA

May 8th, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

May 9th, 2018

San Diego, CA

May 10th, 2018

Tempe, AZ

May 11th, 2018

Can’t attend a seminar?

We will be hosting brief “Trauma Tour Rest Stops” in Eugene, OR and Ashley, OR on Monday, May 7th.

What is Developmental Trauma?

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a proposed diagnosis focusing on prolonged interpersonal trauma in adolescents and children which can lead to development delays. Children experiencing DTD can have impaired attachment, lack impulse control, have delayed cognitive development and maladaptive behaviors. According to Mary McGowan, Executive Director of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) and parent of five adopted foster children, “The challenge has been that no one diagnosis adequately captures the plight of these young people, who are over represented in IEPs, juvenile justice and treatment facilities. And that is why a new diagnosis for them is needed. As it stands now, these children are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated.”

“Not only are we advocating for this population, but we are also offering hope for healing as the tour includes informing both parents and professionals on new interventions and strategies geared specifically to work with these youngsters.” Thomas Ahern of Calo Programs and tour organizer.

Although tour organizers are not suggesting that every adopted or foster child has DTD, they are advocating for better assessment and treatment protocols for this population. Amy Winn, President of the American Adoption Congress (AAC), an adoptee and psychotherapist specializing in adoption issues said, “Unfortunately not enough professionals or caregivers are trauma-informed and don’t necessarily make the connection or offer the specialized care that these young people need.”

Click the links below to learn more about developmental trauma.

American Psychological Association

Developmentaltrauma.com

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