We must deal with a child's trauma, not just behavior

Those of us who represent children in the delinquency system meet children like him every day. We walk into their lives in a moment of crisis, read a report documenting a long history of referrals to child protective services that resulted in zero intervention and repeated instances of acting out at school that were met with consequences or behavior plans but no therapy. All I can see when I read those reports are the many missed opportunities to intervene. I wish I could say that by the time these young people get to the point of hospitalization or juvenile justice involvement, they finally had begun getting the help they need, but too often I’ve seen those encounters simply further traumatize them. Interventions tend to focus on behavior and how to change it, but fail to recognize or treat the underlying pain and suffering. READ MORE