Jane Middelton Moz is the Director of the Middelton Moz Institute in Vermont and Washington. She is an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and over 40 years in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems. Well known worldwide for her work in Healing Multi-Generational Grief and Trauma in Individuals and Families, Lateral Violence, Healing the Effects of Ethnic and Cultural Oppression, Resiliency, Trauma-Informed Schools and Systems, Community Intervention, Multi-Generational Sexual and Physical Abuse in families.
Her many books include Children of Trauma: Rediscovering Your Discarded Self; Shame and Guilt: The Masters of Disguise; Boiling Point; Values From The Front Porch: Remembering the Wisdom of Our Grandmothers; and co-author of Bullies: From the playground to the boardroom; Strategies for Survival. The Ultimate guide to Transforming Anger, and After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Childhood Trauma.
The Circle of Life
The Importance of Trauma-Informed Schools and Care Giving Systems
Jane Middelton Moz
Many children carry more than their books to school each day. They carry with them backpacks filled with sadness, fear, abuse, violence, neglect and grief. When children and youth are impacted by trauma and severe loss they can’t concentrate, remember, pay attention, think clearly, regulate their emotions, control their behavior or attend to what their teachers are saying. When the social, emotional needs of children are attended to through understanding and intervention in a school setting, resiliency and academic success increases.
Many adults also come into caregiving systems continuing to carry histories of trauma from childhood or are impacted by current traumas like oppression, domestic violence, sexual abuse or war. These adults are frequently misdiagnosed as ill when they are survivors of trauma – resilient human beings having a normal response to a childhood filled with complex trauma or a traumatic, abnormal life event in adulthood. They are using survival responses that have been effective when faced with trauma but are not working for them in many aspects of their current life.
These children and adults have overcome enormous challenges in their life and yet continued to grow and survive. They have a great capacity to heal and grow in the care of those that are trauma-informed. In this keynote, Jane will discuss the importance of trauma-informed caregivers, mental health systems, and schools. When school personnel and caregiving systems are trauma-informed, children, youth, and adults can be intervened with effectively in order to learn and achieve their emotional, social and academic potential.