Dr. Joelle van Lent, recently joined Lamoille Restorative Center volunteers and staff to provide Part 1 of a training on creating trauma-sensitive communities (see below). She gave an overview of the impact of both acute and complex trauma on an individual’s development and ability to function. She identified key elements involved in creating environments and approaches that increase an individual’s ability to thrive despite adversity. Participants gained practical and applicable recommendations on using trauma informed approaches with LRC participants, specific to the work of community-based restorative justice programs. We are all looking forward to continuing this important training.
A Trauma Sensitive Community
A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed
REALIZES the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
RECOGNIZES the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and
RESPONDS by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively
(SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative, July 2014)
Dr. Joelle van Lent is a content expert within the field of trauma and works with agencies, schools, families, and organizations across the state of Vermont to build trauma informed approaches within our communities. Dr. van Lent has expertise as a therapist, clinician, evaluator, consultant, and trainer. Her work focuses on child and adolescent mental health, family therapy, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. van Lent’s approach is geared toward fostering resilience and creating communities that support healthy development. Dr. van Lent is currently in private practice based in the northwestern part of Vermont.