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.

+ Implements Category: These resources examine ways to support children and families with a stress and trauma-informed lens.

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

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.

Competency Framework

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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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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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