Policy Brief Discussion 2: Trauma and Resilience

The Impact of Family Engagement on Trauma & Resilience

The missing dynamic in forming strength-based approaches in many of the family-serving systems in our state include family education, empowerment and engagement. It is quite evident that when families are educated, empowered and engaged, they become active participants in the process of healing, and improving the overall health and wel lbeing of their families. The common thread of families lack of access to appropriate care and treatment continues to plague our state and communities and is consistently highlighted in our mental health block grant, our juvenile justice system and our child welfare system. Many organizations, professionals, providers and families continue to struggle with the paradigm sheet in order to maintain a strength-based system that is culturally and linguistically competent. As an organization with over 20,000 parent training hours representing more than 5,000 children, we continue to rigorously evaluate family education, empowerment, and access to care for children and families in our state.