SCAN’s focus is not only on children and families but also on our community. We help build resiliency across multiple systems. One model that informs our work is the Community Resiliency Model.

Trauma Informed practices recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and respond by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices. A Trauma-Informed System works to reduce re-traumatization, and understand the potential paths for recovery through resilience.

Responses to stress and trauma can have a major effect on the mind, body, and spirit. Traumatic events can affect many aspects of a child and parent’s life and can lead to secondary problems; difficulties in school or work and relationships, or health-related problems.

The Community Resiliency Model focuses on the next step of Trauma Informed care, creating a resiliency focused culture. Resilience is the positive influence of protective factors, which help to mitigate those factors that pose an endangerment to health and well-being. Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen.

Research shows that if parents provide a safe environment for their children and teach them how to be resilient, that helps reduce the effects of ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are significant childhood traumas that result in actual changes in brain development; changes that affect a child’s cognitive, social, and mental health. Resilience is the ability to counter the risk factors that endanger our health.

The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network.

CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

 

Click here to learn more about The Community Resiliency Model.

To learn more about the Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) click here.

 

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