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From trauma-informed to asset-informed care in early childhood

Ellen Galinsky, Brookings Institute

2019

Without a doubt, the emphasis on toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma-informed care has been beneficial. But, it’s time to shift beyond a focus on these trauma-laced concepts. As child and adversity expert Philip Fisher of the University of Oregon said, “focusing on trauma is the starting line, not the finish line.” Successful interventions are asset-based, focusing and expanding on what children and adults are already doing that’s right.

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