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Participating in a grant that did a longitudinal study of kindergarten, first and second graders, I learned about the adverse effects trauma has on small children and their families. This grant focused on assessing the trauma the children had experienced at home and in the community. It looked at their Adverse Childhood Experiences and assessed them for possible health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood. The grant provided services to those children to help decrease the mental health issues that were to follow.
The results showed that when children received proper mental health services for post traumatic event and crisis situations, their behavioral and mental health improved greatly. The children’s behavior over the three-year longitudinal study showed that with proper mental health intervention at an early age, mental health disorders can be decreased. The trauma and pain that each child had experienced had be manifesting in their homes and school on a daily basis. The numerous services provided to each child decreased impact of this trauma not only on the child but in their home and in the school environment.
The Center for Healing the Hurt will provide services to the children, their families, and the community to lessen the impact of the adverse traumatic experiences on all that walk through our doors
Dr. Shantel Thomas
Shantel Thomas, Ph. D. PCC-S, LSW is President, CEO, and Founder of the Center For Healing The Hurt. Dr. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She provides individual, teen, couple, and family therapy. She has traveled the world and presented nationally and internationally on women’s issues, violence, trauma, crisis intervention, and multicultural counseling.
Jacqueline McClure is a Mental Health and Trauma Specialist at Center For Healing The Hurt. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her M. Ed from Lindsey Wilson College.