Toxic stress can occur as a result of adverse events, such as abuse, neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness, exposures to violence and poverty. Toxic stress may disrupt the development of brain circuitry and other physiological systems, this can in turn put a person at risk for future impairment in their cognitive development, behavioral, psychological functioning and even physical health in the future. The purpose of a trauma-informed approach to medical care has the potential to mitigate these traumatic events. It can minimize the potential for medical care to become traumatic or trigger trauma reactions, which can address distress, and provide emotional support for the entire family.
MOAAP Trauma Informed Care Work Group is developing a training initiative that focuses on trauma awareness, collaboration and supporting best practices for trauma intervention within pediatric practices.