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Group Helping Community Understand Impacts of Childhood Trauma

Today Southern Oregon Success is training local parents, businesses, and medical officials on how to help people who have experienced childhood trauma.

Posted: May 22, 2018 6:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today Southern Oregon Success is training local parents, businesses, and medical officials on how to help people who have experienced childhood trauma. 

Southern Oregon Success says around two-thirds of Oregonians have experience a trauma during childhood. They say those experiences affect our physical and mental health later in life. 

"They really are the root causes of things like homelessness, and poverty, and educational and behavior challenges," says Peter Buckley, a trainer with Southern Oregon Success. 

The group categorizes these traumas from the ACEs study, which stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. It studies the correlation of trauma from household dysfunction, neglect, and abuse to problems later in life. 

"As those numbers of adverse childhood experience increase...so do the challenges they face," says Buckley. 

Part of the training is not only to identify the impact of childhood trauma, but to figure our how people overcome it. 

"Why does one person face adversity, maybe tremendous adversity and succeed. Then another person face adversity and not succeed, what is that, what's the why there?" says Buckley. 

They say the "why" is three steps of resilience. First is fostering a child's capabilities, and helping them see the positives within themselves. Then helping them find attachment and belonging by developing relationships with caring adults. The last is building a strong community around them so they have a sense of place.

"Most of us have had trauma in our lives, and how can we build empathy and compassion in our community and society," says Acacia Land, a woman who attended the training. 

So far more than 10,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties have been trained. Southern Oregon Success is currently training every school district in both of those counties. 

The next ACEs training will be in September in both Medford and Grants Pass. The training's are open and free to everyone. To set up a training for your business, school, or community contact Southern Oregon Success. 

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