Mid-Michigan Trauma Collaborative (MMTC)
What is the Collaborative?
The Trauma Collaborative is a collective effort to build the capacity in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties to provide Trauma informed care to children, youth and adults. We work to assess the needs of the community and provide trauma training for service providers and the greater community at large.
The Collaborative has also been engaged in efforts to bring the “Handle with Care” model to schools in the three county areas. This program is a collaborative effort between Law Enforcement and local school districts to identify and respond in a supportive way to children who have experienced trauma and may be dealing with the aftermath of a tragic event.
J. Munley is the Trauma Coordinator for the Mid-Michigan Collaborative. J. worked with youth who experienced foster care at Lansing Community College by Life Skill Coaching and creating opportunities to expand life experiences while attempting to navigate the college experience and succeed in getting a degree.
J. earned his Master Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Certification in Childhood Trauma and Treatment. J. is also an ACE’s Master Trainer through the Michigan ACE Initiative and enjoys meeting the people of the Tri-County area to work at forming Trauma Informed communities.
What is Childhood Trauma?
A sudden, unexpected overwhelming physical (or emotional) event, perceived as life threatening, in which the victim feels utterly helpless.
Some types include:
- prenatal drug exposure
- lack of attachment
- severe neglect
- abuse (physical, mental, sexual)
- Death of a family member, lover, friend, teacher, or pet.
- Physical Pain or injury (e.g. severe care accident)
The ACE Initiative
What are ACEs and why should I care?
ACE's stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The trauma you may have experienced as a child can have a dramatic affect on your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Handle With Care
If a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s information is forwarded to the school before the school bell rings the next day. The school implements individual, class and whole school trauma-sensitive curricula so that traumatized children are “Handled With Care". If a child needs more intervention, on-site trauma-focused mental healthcare is available at the school.