Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

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How do our experiences as children shape our health as adults? What does it mean to be trauma-informed, and what does trauma-informed care look like in a health care setting?

Two videos, “What is Trauma-Informed Care?” and “Trauma-Informed Care: From Treaters to Healers,” developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), seek to answer these questions and shed light on why health care providers across the nation are embracing a trauma-informed approach to care. The 3-4 minute videos are available for free online — in English, as well as with Spanish subtitles — and ideal for use in meetings, employee trainings, and presentations.

“What is Trauma-Informed Care?” This animated video provides a clear and compelling message about the lifelong impact of trauma on health, and how trauma-informed care can create a more welcoming care environment for patients, providers, and staff.
Video in English. Video with Spanish subtitles.
(In order to see subtitles you may have click “settings” in the bottom right hand corner of the video, then turn subtitles ON.)

“Trauma-Informed Care: From Treaters to Healers” This video features providers and patients discussing the value of trauma-informed care and how trauma can be more effectively acknowledged and addressed in a health care setting. 
Video in English. Video with Spanish subtitles.
(In order to see subtitles you may have click “settings” in the bottom right hand corner of the video, then turn subtitles ON.)

Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” ~ Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics


ACEs Connection

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on. Watch her TED talk here,


Resources from the California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care

How Trauma Can Impact Four Types of Memory

Trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s memory and traumatic memory can affect not only the brain, but also the body and nervous system as well.

 10 Key Ingredients for Trauma-Informed Care Info-Graph





















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