Trauma Informed Practice

Children can experience trauma even when they are not the victim of the neglect or abuse; bearing witness to abuse can have lasting, negative consequences on a child. The Trauma Informed Practice Initiative (TIP) aims to help children who have been exposed to trauma.  This practice helps newborns to children ages 18 who have suffered  traumatic experiences, including exposure to substance abuse or domestic violence, mental health issues, and/or child abuse.

Trauma Informed Practice works by  identifying the underlying causes from unhealthy behaviors and teaching social workers, providers and the broader community how to best provide care for children in a way that minimizes the impact of past or current trauma, while increasing a families coping skills to deal with life stressors. Instead of only treating  the symptoms of a problem, it gives caseworkers the tools to get to the root of the problem where concrete, permanent changes can be made.

The Trauma Informed Practice Initiative primarily focuses on the following areas:


The Trauma Informed Practice Initiative is supported by the Children’s Bureau through a grant that was awarded to The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Denver Human Services by the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.

To learn more about the different types and effects of trauma, click here.

For more information about the Trauma Informed Practice, please contact 720-944-6108 or email

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Interesting Facts

A study found that 25% of adult foster care alumni had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, nearly double the rate of US war veterans.*

Mental health consequences of trauma, such as PTSD, are documented in more than 65% of juvenile offenders.*

Image of healthy brain compared to a brain of a child that has been abused

*The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit