Depressive symptoms, burnout and the impact of events in non-professional volunteer counselors in Durban, South Africa
Kathleen M Franchek-Roa
University of Utah School of Medicine, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Psychiatry
Over the past two decades, there has been an increasing realization of how common adverse experiences are for children. Recent research is helping to elucidate the link between trauma exposure and health across the lifespan. Transforming our medical, educational, governmental, and community agencies into trauma-informed systems involves establishing a framework upon which medical and mental health providers, child welfare professionals, schools and families can care for children whom have been impacted by trauma. The trauma-informed approach to patient care enhances the therapeutic management and outcomes for patients throughout their lifespan by identifying individuals exposed to trauma and adversity, recognizing the health effects due to trauma exposure, using culturally appropriate evidence-based assessment and treatment modalities for traumatic stress exposures, engaging in efforts to strengthen the resilience and protective factors of children and families impacted by and vulnerable to trauma, and emphasizing continuity of care and collaboration across healthcare systems. This presentation will provide the participants with the ability to: Explain how adverse childhood experiences can influence a child�??s health trajectory into adulthood; describe the biological mechanisms that explain the well-documented association between childhood adversity and adult health impairment; and by using a trauma-informed approach, propose strategies that can be used to reduce or mitigate these adverse experiences.