Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education


Children and adolescents who are exposed to traumatic events are at higher risk for developing mental health disorders over their lifetime. Therefore, this paper explores the effects of abuse and trauma in children and youth and aims to promote implementation of trauma-informed care principles with practitioners who work with at-risk youth. Specifically, this paper identifies the barriers that affect clients with a history of trauma and provides recommendations such as Positive Youth Development, Mentoring, and Day Treatment to practitioners who work with this population. In addition, the impact that day treatment programs have on degree of impairment and functioning for children and adolescents will be discussed. Multiple services such as utilization of mentoring programs and aftercare recommendations can be effective and influence a youth’s outcome in areas of academic, emotional and behavioral problems. Barriers to treatment integration of trauma-informed care practices for practitioners who work with at-risk youth will also be discussed.

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