Building Resiliency: Supporting Child Victims of Domestic Violence
Thursday, January 27th, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm EST
Featured Presenter: Colleen Lelli, Professor in Educational Specialties Department, Director of the Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education (Cabrini University)
Trauma can occur as a result of child abuse, life-threatening car accidents, or domestic violence. Trauma can undermine children’s ability to learn; children will have difficulty forming healthy relationships and they will have difficulty learning inside and outside of the classroom (The Massachusetts Advocates for Children, 2005; Haeseler, 2006; Spath, 2003, Carrion, 2011). Every year it is estimated that 5,000,000 new children are added to this list of significantly traumatized children and 61% of youth reported being exposed to some form of violence or abuse in one year (Kataoka, et al., 2018). Recent research has proven that trauma does in fact cause neurological changes and in effect does result in learning difficulties for many children (as cited in Craig, S., 2016). Now that this is understood, individuals working with children affected by domestic violence can use trauma-informed strategies to support their emotional and cognitive growth while at the same time, encouraging a growth mindset, grit, determination, and perseverance which will enable students to achieve success in the classroom and beyond. The unique ways in which children’s literature and literacy-based strategies can be used in the classroom, at home, and in community settings will also be explored. The term bibliotherapy will also be discussed. The presentation will incorporate innovative technologies to engage participants and they will receive many resources to use to support children of trauma like lists of books with the themes of trauma and domestic violence which can be used to support traumatized children. A discussion will lead attendees to develop a plan on how to use the presented strategies in their own varied settings.