Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice

Resources to Support Your Work

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If you would like to receive updates on the toolkit as it is created or provide feedback to help us continue expanding our resources, please reach out to MACMH’s Infant & Early Childhood Director Lauren Moberg at lmoberg@macmh.org.

Welcome to our Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice, designed for professionals who work with children prenatal to age 6, their families and those who care for them.


As you explore our resources on stress and trauma-informed care, the roadmap below can guide you in finding information tailored to your needs. Our resources are broken into three categories.

+ Explores Category: These resources explore the impacts of stress and trauma on young children and their families and caregivers, and why trauma-informed care matters in early childhood. They are a good starting place if you are new to learning about stress/trauma in early childhood.

+ Implements Category: These resources examine ways to support children and families with a stress and trauma-informed lens. They will begin to show you how to put knowledge into practice as you become more comfortable with your understanding of stress/trauma in early childhood.

+ Designs & Leads Category: These resources provide guidance  in using a stress/trauma-informed lens to transform and sustain systems.

The categories above mirror Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Professionals where each area in the framework contains three categories of competency. To learn more about the framework, particularly related to competencies around trauma-informed care, you can download the full document tailored to work with preschoolers. Refer to content area IX on page 64 for the information on Trauma-Informed Care and Practice.

We hope this toolkit serves as a valuable resources in your work with children and families. Visit us again soon as the toolkit continues to be expanded.

Roadmap for Healing-Centered Practice

Explores

Understanding how stress and trauma impact young children, their families and caregivers, and why stress/trauma-informed care matters in early childhood.

Designs & Leads

Using a stress/trauma-informed lens to transform and sustain systems.

Implements

Supporting children and their families and caregivers with a stress/trauma-informed lens.

Resources

Fact Sheet

What is Trauma?

Stress is a normal part of life – but what happens when it becomes toxic or chronic? Learn how stress and trauma effect children’s bodies and development.

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Podcast

Early Risers

Research shows that children not only recognize race from a very young age, but also develop racial biases by ages three to five. This podcast from Little Moments Count and Minnesota Public Radio includes frank facts, engaging stories and real how-tos for anyone who cares about raising children with an understanding of cultural differences, race and implicit bias.

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Webinar

The Drama of Working with Young Children

Providing care for young children can stir up intense reactions in caregiving staff. This hour-long training discusses some of the reasons this work is so hard and ways to handle challenges that occur within ourselves and our staff.

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Webinar

Self Care + Self Compassion as A Provider in Care and A Provider Who Cares

As professionals, just as we help children and parents confront previously unexamined patterns of stressful experiences, we need to consider how this work impacts our triggers and responses. This hour-long webinar explores the power of the pause and the importance of mindfulness while helping us examine how our own stress or triggers might interfere with our self-care and self-compassion.

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Webinar

Disposition for Kindness: A Valuable Part of Your Early Childhood Toolbox

All children depend on the kindness of adults to assure them that the world is safe and reliable. Children who have experienced persistent and even toxic stress or traumatic events need this reassurance even more. This hour-long training will explore a “disposition for kindness” — our mindset that allows us to stay connected to children as we help them learn and thrive.

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Resource List

Calming Strategies

We know that working with young children experiencing stress and trauma can trigger strong feelings in ourselves. We might be reminded of our own experiences of stress and trauma, we might experience strong urges to protect the young children in our care, or we might just feel burnt out by the challenges of the work. If your work or the contents of this toolkit begin to evoke difficult feelings for you, this document provides practical tools and resources for support.

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Fact Sheet

What is Resilience?

This fact sheet includes information about resilience, including common myths, protective factors, and tips for how adults can utilize their relationships with children/families to build resilience.

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Resources for Professionals

Because working with young children experiencing stress and trauma can trigger our own experiences of stress and trauma, we have compiled a list of places both local and national where you can find support.

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Podcast

Utilizing the Toolkit for Healing Centered Practice

In this episode of Inclusion Matters, Priscilla Weigel talks with Infant & Early Childhood Director Lauren Moberg about work the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health has been doing as a part of the MN Preschool Development Grant to support professionals in early care and education in their working with young children and families who have experienced stress and trauma.

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Podcast

Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings (Part 1)

What does it mean to be trauma-aware? Join us as we talk with guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside Achievement Zone and Lily Cooks from Seward Child Development Center for an overview of this concept in early care settings. Length: 21 minutes, 45 seconds

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Podcast

Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings (Part 2)

What does it mean to be trauma-aware? Join us as we continue our discussion about being trauma-aware with our guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside Achievement Zone and Lily Cooks from Seward Child Development Center. In this podcast we dig deeper into leadership’s role in being trauma responsive to staff, parents, and children in early childhood settings. Length: 23 minutes, 57 seconds

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Narrative

When Something Bad Happens

When something stressful or traumatic happens in a young child’s life, it can impact their development. The presence of a caring and responsive adult can help to buffer young children against these impacts. This story is written through the child’s eyes, around a variety of life events they might experience.

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Fact Sheet

When Children Act Out

This fact sheet explores what acting out can look like, what acting out may tell us and ways we can respond in the moment.

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Fact Sheet

When Children Seek Control through Opposition

This fact sheet explores what opposition can look like, what purpose oppositional responses serve and ways to respond in the moment.

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Infographic

Impact of Childhood Trauma

Children who experience traumatic life events are at risk for developing long-lasting impacts to their development. They are more likely to exhibit resilience when programs, institutions and service systems implement trauma-informed care. This infographic from Child Trends outlines some of these impacts and strategies.

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Fact Sheet

When Children Shut Down

What can shutting down look like in young children, what can shutting down tell us and how can we respond in the moment? This fact sheet explores these questions.

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Resource List

Phrases to Support the Parent/Caregiver – Child Relationship

Language is an important tool for helping kids regulate. This list of phrases includes examples of how language can be used by parents/caregivers to help buffer children from the effects of stress/trauma.

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Where Did You Go?

When a parent and child are separated for any reason (death, deportation, separation/divorce, foster care, incarceration, etc.), the experience can bring up a variety of confusing and complicating thoughts/feelings for young children. The presence of a caring and responsive adult, however, can help to buffer young children against these impacts. This story is written through the child’s eyes, about separation from a caregiver

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Event Recording

The Impact of Identity on Healing-Centered Practice

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health and Center for Inclusive Child Care were proud to partner as a part of the MN Preschool Development Grant to host a live conversation for professionals in the field of early care and education.

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Podcast

Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings (Part 2)

What does it mean to be trauma-aware? Join us as we continue our discussion about being trauma-aware with our guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside Achievement Zone and Lily Cooks from Seward Child Development Center. In this podcast we dig deeper into leadership’s role in being trauma responsive to staff, parents, and children in early childhood settings. Length: 23 minutes, 57 seconds

Listen to the Podcast

Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children & Families

The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) are a set of ten strategies and tools for strengthening the commitment and capacity of professionals, organizations and systems that serve infants, children and families to embed diversity, inclusion and equity principles into their work. They provide critical guidance for implementing healing-centered practice across settings.

Read the Tenets
Checklist

Environmental Considerations for Trauma-Informed Care in Early Care & Education Settings

This document includes a checklist to evaluate your current context for a variety of factors that help contribute to healing-centered practice and minimize stress and trauma.

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Addressing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Settings

There is a strong body of research that demonstrates the lifelong, devastating effects of early childhood education (ECE) suspension and expulsion on infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as its inequitable impact on Black, Indigenous and other people/children of color. An ECE workforce trained in infant and early childhood mental health is essential to ending ECE suspensions and expulsions. This document includes a call to action for policymakers and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health-informed action steps for supporting and training the ECE workforce.

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Module

Stress & Trauma

KCF IX: Trauma Informed Care
Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development

This module will provide you with an overview of stress and trauma and their impact on young children, their families and/or caregivers.

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Module

Relationships & Attachment

KCF IX: Trauma Informed Care
CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development

This module will provide you with an overview of relationships and attachment and their impact on young children, their families and/or caregivers

Complete the Module
Module

Resilience

KCF IX: Trauma Informed Care
Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development

This module will provide you with an overview of resilience and how protective factors can be cultivated to buffer young children and their families/caregivers from stress and trauma.

Complete the module
Module

Professional Wellness

KCF IX: Trauma Informed Care
Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development

This module will focus on the theme of professional wellness, recognizing that working with children and families is inherently arousing and that having experience trauma has an impact on one’s work and can contribute to compassion fatigue and burnout. The module will identify strategies that support professional wellness and address secondary trauma to support one’s ability to care for children and families.

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Facilitator Guide

Module 1 Public Facilitator Guide

This document will guide you through how to train a group on Module 1 of the Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice.

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Facilitator Guide

Module 2 Public Facilitator Guide

This document will guide you through how to train a group on Module 2 of the Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice.

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Facilitator Guide

Module 3 Public Facilitator Guide

This document will guide you through how to train a group on Module 3 of the Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice.

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Facilitator Guide

Module 4 Public Facilitator Guide

This document will guide you through how to train a group on Module 4 of the Toolkit for Healing-Centered Practice.

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Fact Sheet

What is Trauma? (Translated in Spanish)

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Fact Sheet

When Children Act Out (Translated in Spanish)

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Fact Sheet

When Children Seek Control Through Opposition (Translated in Spanish)

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Fact Sheet

When Children Shut Down (Translated in Spanish)

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Narrative

When Something Bad Happens (Translated in Spanish)

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Waa maxay dhacdada naxdinta leh?

Walwalku ama isku buuqidu waa qayb caadi ah oo nolosha ka mid ah. Laakiin maxaa dhaca markii uu isku badalo mid sun ah ama mid daba dheeraada. Baro sida walwalka ama dhacdada naxdinta lehi u saameyso jirka carruurta iyo hor markoodaba.

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Fact Sheet

Markay carruurtu si xun u dhaqmaan?

Xaashidan xaqiiqaha ayaa waxay sahaminaysaa sida uu u egyahay dhaqanka xumi, muxuu dhaqanka xumi nooga sheegi karaa iyo siyaabaha aan uga jawaabi karno xiligaas.

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Fact Sheet

Markay carruurtu mucaaradnimo (kaasoo horjeedsi) ku raadiyaan sidii ay wax u maamulilahaayaan ama u xakameyn lahaayeen

Xaashidan xaqiiqaha ayaa waxay sahaminaysaa maxay mucaaradnimadu ama kasoo horjeedsigu u ekaan kartaa, waa maxay ujeedada ay jawaabaha kasoo horjeedsigu qabtaan ama uga adeegan.

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Fact Sheet

Markay carruurtui s xidhaan niyad ahaan oo ay is galaan

Muxuu is xidhitaanku u ekaan karaa markay ilmuhu yaryar yihiin, muxuu is xidhitaanku noo sheegi karaa iyo sideebaan uga jawaabi karnaa xiligaas? Xaashidan xaqiiqaha ayaa noo samaninaysa su’aalahan.

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Narrative

Markay Wax Xun Dhacaan

Markay wax walwal leh ama naxdin lehi ku dhacaan nolosha carruurta yaryar, waxay taasi saameyn kartaa koritaankooda ama hormarkooda. Inuu joogo qof wayn oo daryeela oo masuul ahi waxay ka caawin kartaa carruurta yaryar in laga ilaaliyo dhacdooyinkan saameyn kara. Sheekadani waxay u qoran tahay sida mid ka socota indhaha ilmaha, oo ku wareegsan dhacdooyin nololleed oo laga yaabo inay ilmuhu la kulmi karaan.

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