Supporting Young Parents and Applying Trauma-informed Care in Our Work

Published on 
March 14, 2016

Highlights from the First Two Installments of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar Series

A blog post by Maria Sipin

Public attitudes about young parents vary and have been generally negative. A common perception about young parents is the belief that they are “kids having kids,” and this is a gross generalization that undermines the strengths and abilities of young people to make decisions and become successful parents.

In the first webinar of our Sexual and Reproductive Health webinar series, we explore this discussion about the public’s views on supporting young parents with researcher Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, MPA, Advocates for Youth. This training was intended to provide recommendations to educators, administrators and clinicians who work with and provide services to expecting and parenting young people. Along with Aimee’s research findings, she shares the best and worst terms to use when referring to young parents. She urges us to stop using terms such as teen moms, teen dads, and teen parents. Instead, young parents, young families, and parenting students are more supportive.

The second webinar of the series covers trauma-informed approaches to adolescent pregnancy and STI prevention. Rebecca Levenson, MA, Futures Without Violence, describes strategies for improving our clinical practice by recognizing our own vicarious trauma, a change in one’s thinking due to exposure to other people’s traumatic stories, and how to practice self-care as individuals and organizations.

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This webinar series is sponsored by Advocates for Youth with funding from the US Office of Adolescent Health, Grant No. 1 TP2AH000022-01-00.