Daniel: Addressing Trauma

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Daniel is one of the many young people ACS has served. His experience is just one example of the relationship between childhood trauma and future court-involvement.

Daniel was eight years old when he witnessed his mother die in a tragic accident in their country of origin. Daniel also sustained a head injury during the same event. Over the next couple of years, he developed some highly disruptive behaviors. These behaviors became so problematic that he was transferred from school to school as his father tried desperately to find a setting that could meet his needs.

Daniel and his father eventually moved to the U.S., where they were frequently displaced from their living situation due to Daniel’s behaviors. Daniel was hospitalized several times due to his aggression and concerns for his safety. Daniel was exhibiting symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks of the events that resulted in his mother’s death and his own injuries.

When Daniel was referred to ACS, his clinician soon recognized his behaviors as rooted in trauma. She knew that Daniel lacked the security and stability in his environment that is essential to the healing and recovery of traumatized children. She recommended that Daniel be placed in a specialized residential program where he could receive trauma-informed treatment while developing the coping skills he would need to begin to function more independently.

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"The ACS clinician recommended that Daniel be placed in a specialized residential program where he could receive trauma-informed treatment while developing the coping skills he would need to begin to function more independently."