Trauma-Informed Care

The Impact of Trauma

Traumatic childhood experiences have been linked to issues that can negatively impact an entire life:
  • Emotional Problems
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Poor socialization
  • Risky behaviors
  • Substance abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployment
  • Criminal behavior, and
  • Long-term mental health issues

Many of the youth who come to Nexus have experienced horrific trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, and witness to violence.

This trauma impacts brain development and often results in challenging behaviors in these youth, such as excessive crying, pushing away, tuning out, withdrawing, not eating, inappropriate sexual acting out, or outbursts of anger.

Trauma-Informed Care

All Nexus staff, educators, and foster parents are trained in trauma-informed care to provide safe and effective behavior management techniques for the youth in our care. We also train a select group of therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) so we can provide intensive trauma-specific treatment to the youth who need it.

Nexus trauma-informed care strives to create an environment that
  • contains trauma reactions,
  • understands that behavior is the result of trauma,
  • and reacts positively to trauma symptoms.

We also teach youth and families to manage challenging behaviors at home by understanding and reshaping trauma-reactive behaviors.

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents. White Paper from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Complex Trauma Task Force. 2003.
Prior Trauma Exposure for Youth in Treatment Foster Care. Copeland, Keeler, Angold, & Costello, 2007; Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod, & Hamby, 2009.

Devon is looking for a permanent home

Devon is looking for a permanent home

19th Annual Golf Outing

Gerard Academy 19th Annual Golf Tournament

Nexus Names New Board Chair, Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Nexus Names New Board Chair, Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Foster Hope Run

Join us for the Foster Hope 5k and 1 Mile Run (formerly known as Fergus Falls Turkey Trot)

26th Annual Golf Outing

Join us for a day of fun, food, and golf at the 26th Annual Onarga Academy Golf Outing!

Wayzata Middle School Shows Support for Kindred Family Focus

Wayzata Middle School Shows Support for Kindred Family Focus

The Library
The Library
A list of resources for parents
Parenting Partner
Parenting Partner
Helpful articles for parents
Family Matters
Family Matters
(Q&A with Dr. Michelle Murray, Ph.D.)