WHAT WE BELIEVE - The TRAC Team
TRAC Team, Inc. is an integrated program of response, preparedness, education and training that supports, protects and empowers children, their families and their communities to deal with critical incidences such as natural disasters, violence, trauma and terrorism. The TRAC Team believes that especially during difficult times children have the right to feel confident that their concerns and needs will be addressed, that they are valuable and effective participating members in the mitigation of critical incidences and that their decisions and actions related to critical incidences can make a difference. The TRAC Team assists children in their development to become healthy and responsible citizens for our future.
WHAT WE DO: RESPONSE, PREPARATION, EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Respond to critical incidences such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, violence or any other traumatic event that has an impact on children and their families. Help local communities find ways to protect children from further harm and exposure to trauma by creating safe havens for them and protecting them from injured survivors, continuing danger, onlookers and the media.
- If needed, hold meetings for parents and others who work with children to discuss the traumatic event, the children's response to it and how children can be helped.
- If and when necessary, assist children in the healing process by directly dealing with their questions and needs related to traumatic or critical incidences through seminars, Question and Answer sessions, school assemblies, practical hands-on learning experiences.
- Train local communities how to alleviate some of the immediate stress and confusion felt by children after a critical incident, how to make them feel safe, how to help them talk about it, how to recognize and validate normal reactions to trauma.
- Train families, schools and community organizations how to help children talk, answer their questions appropriately and develop short-term coping and problem-solving skills for children.
- Train families, schools and community organizations how to identify children in acute distress who may need long-term help and how to deal with trauma, loss and grief.
- Prepare and train communities how to respond to critical incidences that may occur in the future, how to develop long-term coping and problem-solving skills, how to avoid re-traumatizing children following a critical incident.
- Train families, schools and community organizations to support and encourage children's appropriate involvement in being a part of the solution of critical incidences through positive activities such as letter writing, supportive activities and fund raising efforts.
- Inform and educate children, schools and community organizations regarding the positive lessons learned from critical incidences such as 9/11 and others by speaking at school assemblies, classrooms, camps, libraries, churches, synagogues, clubs, community groups, Parent Teacher Associations and with educators, medical and emergency personnel in training institutions, universities, hospitals and other organizations.
If you would like to reach us or make an appointment, please contact us at any of the numbers listed above. We look forward to serving you. Thank you.