Double Edge: Understanding Homelessness and Trauma
Most people experiencing homelessness have histories of significant trauma, often beginning in early childhood. Homelessness itself is also highly traumatic. Traumatic stress leaves people feeling helpless, fearful, vulnerable, and without control. It impacts how they view themselves, the world, and those around them—including those who are trying to help. In this unit, you will learn what traumatic stress is, how the brain and body responds to traumatic stress, how trauma can impact you and those you serve, and how you can use this information to provide care that is trauma-informed.
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