Trauma and Homeless Youth


  • Erica Torres, PsyD, Director, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Center for the Vulnerable Child, Oakland, CA
  • Juli Hishida, MS, Project Manager, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Nashville, TN

The U.S. Department of Education reports that public schools served a total of 1.36 million youth experiencing homelessness in 2013-14. These young people are at significant risk of diseases, injuries, and developmental delays that can have consequences for the rest of their lives. Moreover, engaging them in services can be difficult for a variety of legal, psychological, and practical reasons. In an effort to minimize the risks faced by these young people, improve their health status, and help them avoid a lifetime of homelessness, Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and other service providers have developed various strategies for engaging homeless youth in systems of care. It is imperative that health center administrators, clinicians, and support staff engage youth and provide services and care in a trauma-informed manner. This webinar focused on trauma and trauma-informed practices for homeless youth and provide resources and information for all levels of health center staff.

This webinar is sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance in partnership with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

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