Trauma & Substance Use Awareness for Justice Professionals

The unfortunate reality is that Missouri youth experience more childhood adverse experiences than the national average. Helping Justice Professionals (including law enforcement, attorneys, and guardians ad litem) expand their knowledge of both trauma and substance use can benefit the youth and families they work with, which benefits the greater community.

When Justice Professionals understand affirmative ways to interact with children who have experienced abuse it can help those children be less vulnerable later in life.

A simple shift in thinking can make a difference: Instead of looking through a lens of judgment, challenge yourself to be more trauma aware. Change the automatic thought to ‘what happened to this child/person?’.

Sharing the knowledge I have gained as a clinician is an honor, and I’m looking forward to changing the perception of trauma and substance use across the state.