ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH AND TRAUMA-RELATED NEEDS OF SHELTERED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TF-CBT)
Children who are raised in environments that expose them to violence, abuse, neglect and stress
adversely impact the development, social and emotional well-being of the child. For children and families who experience homelessness, unaddressed childhood trauma and adversities
consequently create a never ending cycle of intergenerational trauma. As demonstrated by the Lotus House Women's Shelter Early Childhood Research project, the early provisions of evidence-based interventions and
assessments to address the special needs of children and families who experience homelessness help reduce trauma and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
With the objectives of reducing and/or eliminating the impacts of childhood trauma; improving the developmental, social and emotional well-being of children experiencing homelessness; enhancing attachment/bonding between mothers and their children; and improving and building strong, loving parent-child relationships, Lotus House continues to expand on the years of early childhood research done alongside their research partners by demonstrating how the provision of evidence-based and trauma informed practices, that truly place children first, can heal broken bonds and reduce the effects of childhood trauma.
To learn more about the groundbreaking, service driven research into the developmental, mental health and trauma related needs of sheltered children and
effective therapeutic interventions to assist in their healing and growth, check out the first official publication arising from the research conducted between Lotus House and the Florida International University.