Understanding the Living Legacy of Trauma

Restore Children and Family Services conducted an orientation-seminar on Understanding the Living Legacy of Trauma to 38 female police officers and Gender and Development (GAD) focal persons at Golden Prince Hotel last March 13, 2024. The training, which is in line with the celebration of National Women’s Month, is aimed at raising awareness about trauma and equipping them with effective strategies to manage emotions, for personal and work-related matters. These police officers are constantly exposed to traumatic situations which takes a toll on their mental and emotional health.  

The training garnered positive responses from the police officers as they were able to reflect on their own personal experiences and share about these experiences to the group. In particular, the police officers were able to understand the link between their current emotional responses and behaviors and their childhood experiences. They also shared that the training was helpful for them to respond to their clients’ needs with compassion and empathy.  

We were also able to present an overview of our programs and services to these police officers who serve as frontliners in the fight against trauma as they become the first in-person interactions for children and families who report about their experiences of abuse. By being trauma-informed, these police officers can play a huge role in promoting healing, restoration, and trust within the communities they serve. We also encouraged them to refer clients who may need further trauma recovery interventions.  

 

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