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Trauma-Informed Engagement in Courts

  • Holiday Inn Downtown 70 State Street Rochester, NY (map)

This training is part of the NYS Judicial Institute series of trainings for all family court judges and staff.

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice estimates that the majority of youth involved with the juvenile justice system have experienced traumatic events, with at least 75 percent having experienced traumatic victimization. If undetected and unaddressed, this trauma can have grave effects on a developing teenage brain. This session will provide a very brief overview of the neurobiology of trauma but focus more on the practical implications on behavior and decision-making and the benefits of creating a trauma-informed court room.
Learning Objectives:
• Understand the impact of trauma on the adolescent brain;
• Understand how trauma manifests itself in poor communities and particularly with youth of color;
• Explore how trauma reactions present themselves in court settings and best practices for responding to those reactions, including trauma-informed court rooms.