Published: May 11, 2017
Pacific Oaks College faculty, ReGena M. Booze, Ph.D., Core Faculty for the School of Human Development, and Yolanda Carlos, Core Faculty for the School of Education, recently presented at the 2017 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Auckland, New Zealand. Taking place on May 9 to May 12, 2017, the conference was hosted by the World Forum Foundation, an organization dedicated to the promotion of an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.
The theme for the 2017 World Forum focused on trauma experienced by individuals across the globe, particularly those most vulnerable to displacement of family and related re-traumatization. This might include breakdown of family structures through involuntary separation, famine/hunger, economic poverty, educational loss, and loss of safety and protection. Consequently, there will be a lost generation of children exposed to trauma over multiple years on a global scale.
Dr. Booze and Ms. Carlos’ presentation focused on strategies for trauma-informed care that give caregivers and case workers technical skills for interactions with children, including young adults. One of these strategies includes the use of two puppets in a dialogue. During this exercise, one puppet discloses a traumatic event while the other puppet models what support and validation might look like. For children and individuals of all ages, this strategy allows the individual to develop a personal narrative while reconciling past traumatic events with hope, overcoming adversity, and anticipated accomplishment.
Dr. Booze and Ms. Carlos’ workshop also included activities to calm and focus individuals as a way to help regulate adverse childhood experiences (ACE). In general, ACE’s are correlated with lifelong physical and mental health conditions. These technical skills provide a necessary toolkit for families and caregivers working with individuals who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma in building resiliency and strength.