Topeka agency plays leading role in children trauma treatment

(TOPEKA) KSNT – Children and their families that are served through the Family Service and Guidance Center will see tremendous benefits when it comes to trauma treatment.

“The difference in being a part of this program is it’s not just about treating the children and their families, but this new program is about looking at our own agency and how do kids feel when they come in here,” Victoria Cagan, Coord. Trauma Program, F.S.G.C. “This is about knowing that trauma is prevalent everywhere.”

The Family Service and Guidance Center is one of just 27 mental health centers in the country to participate in this nationwide trauma training.

Community outreach is one of the new programs that the center has added to its trauma training.

“Observation is really important when it comes to trauma because you need to observe the behavior that the school or the parent is concerned about,” said Charrisa Castillo, Outreach Specialist, F.S.G.C. “You have a better ability to help the school understand that maybe this behavior is not purposely defiant behavior.”

Traumatic stress is a reality among millions of children. Bulling at school, violence at home and substance abuse can take a toll on children and teens.

The center teaches parents how to talk to their children when dealing with trauma.

“One of the most important things in a trauma situation is that a parent learns how to act rather than react to what is going on so a child can be safe in telling a parent how they feel,” said Cagan.

With this program the staff at F.S.G.C will have access to individual and group training by leading trauma experts as well as exclusive tools and resources.



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