While experiencing occasional or brief stress is normal, high levels of stress that continue for a long time can negatively affect a child’s health and development. Stress that is prolonged, severe, or chronic is known as toxic stress and can cause additional challenges. Some chronic family stressors include economic hardship, difficulty accessing health care, transportation challenges, and having a family member with special needs or chronic illness. In addition, adverse experiences such as exposure to violence, child abuse, substance abuse, parental incarceration or even natural disasters can cause toxic stress.
Join us for this informative and interactive presentation and discussion designed to facilitate real, transparent conversations about the barriers that marginalized groups face that in turn can create toxic stress and impact well-being.
This session will specifically explore how minority and under-served populations often experience challenges, even within the very systems designed to help them. Participants will learn about how to best support youth and families in navigating these challenges by creating an environment of safety and transparency. Attendees will gain practical recommendations for supporting marginalized groups and have the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with others.