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Trauma Pedagogy – general term for therapeutic concepts developed with the aim of helping children who have had experienced various psychological traumas, including traumas of development, neglect, and violence. Trauma Pedagogy is the empowerment and support of children in the process of formation, understanding of themselves, their capabilities, emotions, behavior, and in restoring confidence in adults.

 

The Center gives support to families and children based on the principles of Trauma Pedagogy, which consists of:

 

  • Understanding Children

Dishonor, neglect, and mental, physical, and sexual violence lead to traumatization of a child on neurobiological, physical, and mental levels.

Traumatized children are working out individual survival strategies that manifest themselves through negative behavior and attitude toward their environment.

In order to provide quality and professional help, it is necessary to identify and understand these strategies. We appreciate every child, despite their destructive behavior, which can often be directed against us as caregivers.

Looking from the viewpoint of each child, we believe that there is a reason for every behavior.

 

  • Creation of a “Safe Place”

Having a "safe place" is a fundamental condition to overcoming traumatic childhood experiences. "Safe place" refers to a space which provides the fulfillment of the child’s basic needs, such as a sense of security, daily and weekly schedules, caregiver work plans, and planned activities that are clear to every child.

To these children we are important responsible adults, and partners who represent understanding and protection.

We involve the children in the process of making good life decisions and solving problems.

“Safe place,” from the viewpoint of Trauma Pedagogy, is only possible with cooperation between the children and the Center’s caregivers.

 

  • Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Children

We help children to identify and express their emotions in everyday life. We develop their physical endurance, mental resistance, stress management, and sense of personal responsibility. Each child explores their own strategies of behavior in emergency situations. Each child should be educated in this way so that he or she becomes independent in various spheres of life in accordance with his or her age.

 

  • Fostering Readiness to Build Relationships

“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”

-Bruce Perry

Children who have experienced a psychological trauma are in need of both safety and relationships that allow them to share their deep emotions.

We offer them strong, sure, and approachable relationships. Every child receives one-on-one relationships with the staff. These relationships go above and beyond when needed. We acknowledge each child’s needs and try to fulfill those needs as well as possible.

 

  • Group Therapy

We offer group events that provide stability, support, and emotional safety:

  • Develop positive traditions
  • Clear daily and weekly classes
  • Clear caregiver work schedule
  • Regular communication within the group
  • Regular group activity and attention to the internal group culture
  • Involvement of all children in group decision making

 

  • Participation in Social Life

We fully consider each family situation of every child and how it influences the safety and stability of the child. We actively support children in building relationships with their parents, brothers, sisters, and other family members.

It is necessary that family members participate in important events for the children, such as the start of school, graduation parties, and birthdays.

We support children throughout the educational period. We also help them maintain friendships with their peers.

The children have an opportunity to take part in different social communities and groups, such as creative clubs, sport teams, and churches.

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