I’ve spent my entire career in human services – most of it devoted to caring for the behavioral health needs of children. In these years it has become clear to me that the very best chance to heal children who have experienced traumatic events (abuse, neglect, severe grief, community violence or domestic violence) lies within an integrated model of health care that treats both the child and the family.
We know that that the children who come to our Clinic are there because they have displayed some negative or dangerous behaviors to themselves, family members or teachers. We treat them as we now can, but we think we can do better because of proven connection between behavioral health and physical health. These two things exist within every one child, so I ask: why wouldn’t we look at both and at the connection that could make the children we treat not just survivors – but thrivers!