The Urban Youth Trauma Center in collaboration with Children’s Institute developed the CSE-YVP curriculum to promote open and honest conversations with parents and other caregivers about trauma, community violence, and safety. Engaging family and community members in this dialogue will increase resources available to youth who are impacted by the complexities of violence, trauma, and toxic stress in their community.
The information included in this curriculum is designed for caregivers as well as any other person who cares for youth in a community impacted by violence and trauma (e.g., parents, foster parents, teachers, grandparents, police officers, probation officers, etc.) This curriculum includes activities that focus on understanding how trauma and violence affect youth, the importance of building strong and trusting relationships, why it’s important to master skills and promote self-agency, how to create safe spaces, and how to recognize messages that support violence and become a part of changing them.
The curriculum consists of seven 90 min sessions and includes ice-breaker activities, videos explaining the purpose of each session and the best practices, interactive discussions and activities, a time for reflection, and at-home activities.
Click on the sections of the table below to access the videos and handouts for each session.