Improving Retention Through Trauma-Informed Approach

This tip sheet addresses one of the main reasons that participants disengage from apprenticeship programs: the behavioral effects of past or present trauma. By implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) practices, YARG grantees can better mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), thereby supporting recovery from trauma and motivating a higher level of commitment to career path goals. 

The included resource provides guidance on the shift to a trauma-informed model and suggests some basic practices for developing a trauma-informed approach to apprenticeships. The links below offer additional guidance on the TIC approach and how to integrate its methodology into your YARG program.


E-Guide: Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

These practices, advised by the Human Trafficking Task Force, can be applied to trauma informed care in many situations. This brief guide highlights some key victim-centered practices and offers tips for building a trauma-informed approach in a group or organization.


Website: Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

This website offers a wealth of fundamental information on TIC along with a library of resources and several case studies showing how organizations are implementing trauma-informed practices for youth, women, and other populations in schools, healthcare, and community services.


Video: What is Trauma-Informed Care?

This web page succinctly explains the impact of trauma over a lifetime. An infographic shows the types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that might cause trauma in childhood, and a brief video features the ACE pyramid, which lays out the possible results of early trauma and how it can affect health and human functioning. 


Video: The Importance of a Trauma Informed Approach

Experts at the National Council for Behavioral Health discuss the value of trauma informed care; how it should be integrated into all aspects of an organization’s services, interactions, and processes; and the positive impact it has on both clinical outcomes and staff engagement.