Caregiver Support and Engagement For Youth Violence Prevention

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Caregiver Support and Engagement For Youth Violence Prevention

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.

 
SESSION TOPIC SESSION VIDEO SESSION HANDOUT
SESSION 1: GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY

Learning who the members of the group are and what they hope to get and contribute from the group, as well as learning about the socioecological model of communities.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Session 01

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 01

SESSION 2: KNOW THE SIGNS

Recognizing when and how caregivers and children notice and communicate that they are stressed, having a hard time, or feeling overwhelmed.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 02

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 02

SESSION 3: DEVELOP A SENSE OF TRUST

Focusing on how trust develops, how it is broken, what we can do to strengthen or enhance trusting relationships.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 03

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 03

SESSION 4: DEVELOP A SENSE OF MASTERY

Learning ways to build mastery and helping our children and youth transition from dependence to interdependence.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 04

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 04

SESSION 5: DEVELOP A FEELING OF SAFETY

Attending to our emotional safety and also about having a concrete plan to support our physical safety.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 05

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 05

SESSION 6: CHANGE THE MESSAGE

Understanding and challenging the actions, messages, expectations, and implicit ways that violence is perpetuated in our society.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 06

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 06

SESSION 7: PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Recognizing and acknowledging the individual and collective growth that caregivers have made while participating in the group.

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 07

UYTC Caregiver YVPE Handout Session 07