Trauma Informed Care & Social Emotional Development

Trauma Informed Care   |     Social Emotional Development

Implement strategies that reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and promote social-emotional development in children.

In Wisconsin, personal and relationship challenges including recent crises, physical health problems, job problems, and intimate partner problems are circumstances that frequently contribute to suicide. Greater emotional intelligence — the ability to regulate emotions and solve interpersonal  problems — may help people experiencing such difficulties cope more effectively, thereby reducing their likelihood of turning to suicide or high-risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use. Research suggests that the provision of stimulating, nurturing environments during childhood may support the development of emotional intelligence, while neglectful or harmful environments impede the acquisition of emotional skills.

(See Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy, Page 10)

Facts & Stats
  • In 2010, approximately 58% of Wisconsin residents reported having experienced at least one ACE.
  • Of Wisconsin residents who reported at least one ACE, 25% reported having experienced four or more.
  • Wisconsin residents who reported four or more ACEs were four times more likely to have been diagnosed with depression than those with no ACEs.
  • According to the original ACE study conducted in California from 1995-1997, 18% of people with four or more ACEs had attempted suicide compared to only 1% of people with no ACEs.

Trauma Informed Care - Resources:

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, school-friendly resources addressing positive mindset and behavior:
Office of Children’s Mental Health

The Office of Children's Mental Health has a Collective Impact initiative on ACEs and TIC.  They offer free trainings every other month on these topics.  They also have a dashboard identifying 48 metrics on children's mental health:

Fostering Futures

Fostering Futures has a community of practice with 21 local and state agencies.  They are working on toolkits that use neutral language (having found that the clinical language of TIC can lead to some other sectors feeling this isn't for them):

Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources

This web-based resource, developed by JBS International and the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, aims to help professionals become more familiar with trauma-informed care in order to support their work with children and youth. The tool includes issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists.

Social Emotional Development - Resources:

Linking Pyramid Model and Positive Behavior Intervention

Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

Office of Children's Mental Health 2015 Report to the Wisconsin Legislature

The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework: Integrating School Mental Health with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports