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Trauma and healing

What is trauma?

A person experiences trauma when he or she is subjected to or witnesses physical or psychological injury or threat of injury. Traumatic events are defined not only by the nature of the event but also by the person’s perception of it as overwhelming.

"When you think about healing, do not underestimate your ability to be an agent of change."

— Jessica Gourneau, Ph.D.

What is trauma and why is it important? 

Historical trauma and cultural healing — Find resources on the importance of considering historical trauma and cultural healing when working with families and communities.

Secondary trauma and workplace wellness — Find research and resources for healthy professionals practice.

Becoming a trauma-informed youth program — Learn about trauma-informed practices for youth workers.

Considering historical trauma when working with Native American children and families — Read about the historical trauma of Native Americans and ways to develop practices that do not continue cycles of traumatization-- especially for early childhood education. 

Related resources

Community based solutions to the opioid crisis in rural Minnesota — Resources to learn about opioid use, prevention, treatment and long-term recovery support in rural Minnesota. 

Modern Spirit podcast — Explore the role of spiritual healing in modern healthcare in a podcast that features interviews with scientists, researchers, healthcare providers, healers, artists and patients.

Reviewed in 2020

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