A note from Commissioner Allison Blake of the New Jersey Department of Children & Families:

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month.  Every day our caseworkers and partners serve survivors and children who have endured significant trauma and stress.  To address this trauma, we train our caseworkers and partners to provide trauma-informed support.
 
For example, we implemented the Promising Path to Success program, which provides youth trauma-informed care and seeks to avoid and reduce use of restraints, seclusion, or coercion.
 
By employing the Six Core Strategies and the Nurtured Heart Approach, our Children’s System of Care provides trauma-informed training, support, and interventions that are focused on the family and are youth driven.
 
 
As a trauma-informed system of care, our Taming Trauma training helps workers conceptualize and understand trauma’s impact on not only themselves but the population they serve.
 
Learn about Taming Trauma at http://www.nj.gov/dcf/home/trauma.html/.
 
If a child has experienced a traumatic event, our mobile response program will send a crisis technician to the child’s home within an hour. To learn more visit http://www.performcarenj.org/.