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Trauma Informed Youth Peer Support: An Essential Tool for Supporting Youth
August 6, 2021

This workshop recording walks participants through the foundations of trauma-informed care, including its principles and philosophy, why trauma-informed care is important, and strategies for incorporating trauma-informed practices throughout youth peer support services. It is critical for peer providers to understand trauma and its impact on many of the youth and young adults they will be working with. This webinar provides concrete examples of what trauma-informed practice looks like in action and how to apply this philosophy within peer relationships.

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About the Presenter:

Kristin Thorp, MPP, has ten years of experience in advocacy and youth leadership and program development with a special focus on the mental health and criminal justice systems. She currently serves as a Youth Program Director with Youth Move National, where she is a national technical assistance provider on the development, implementation, and sustainability of quality youth programming. She also supports organizations develop meaningful and mutual partnerships with youth, young adults, and system leaders to advance best practices for youth engagement. Kristin is an advisor on the System of Care Children’s Mental Health Initiative and supports the implementation of national evaluation efforts by conducting qualitative and quantitative research, utilizing data to determine and define technical assistance needs for grantee communities.  Kristin has utilized her own lived experience, passion, and expertise in the field of positive youth development to bridge multiple perspectives to promote trauma-informed approaches to recovery.