All of the staff at our facilities have a deep understanding of trauma and its impact on developmental issues. This provides the perspective and framework for all that they do to address the mental health of children, teenagers and young adults who have experienced traumatic stress and drug abuse. Approaching a situation through the lens of a trauma informed approach creates a safer, more nurturing and conducive recovery environment, where the relationship between resident and health care professional is built on understanding and real day to day progress.

 
Trauma-induced changes to the brain can result in varying degrees of cognitive impairment and emotional dysregulation that can lead to a host of problems, including difficulty with attention and focus, learning disabilities, low self-esteem, impaired social skills, and sleep disturbances.
— Nemeroff, 2016
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Additionally, it’s the simple, natural, daily activities that have the potential to bring tremendous benefit for promoting healthy brain development and mental health, as seen throughout our daily therapeutic framework. It has been proven that simple therapeutic activities, such as physical exercise, eating healthy meals, meditation, learning new skills, receiving proper rest, nature based activities, and being in a supportive and nurturing environment help to balance the brain and reduce the symptoms of fatigue, stress, and trauma.

In addition, we will be utilizing some of the most promising evidence-based intervention models, including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Transcendental Meditation®. These treatments help to restore social, emotional, and cognitive health in young people, naturally supporting mental health and overall brain development and functioning.

Since trauma exposure has been linked to a significantly increased risk of developing several mental and behavioral health issues—including post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders—it is important for practitioners to be aware of steps they can take to help minimize the neurological effects of child abuse and neglect and promote healthy brain development.
— Shonkoff, 2011