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Trauma-Informed Care

Our Approach to Individuals Who Have Experienced Trauma

Recent advances in brain science are changing how behavioral health professionals understand the difficulties in working with children, youth, and families who display severe mental and behavioral health challenges. At The Buckeye Ranch, we incorporate the latest, most effective methods into our care, including the developmentally-sensitive Neurosequential Model.

Effects of Childhood Trauma

The behaviors we see can often be unpredictable and triggering to team members, other youth, our community, and family members. Team members cannot fully understand those behaviors without an understanding of the profound effect of early childhood trauma. There is now overwhelming scientific evidence showing how healthy development can be derailed when children experience excessive and ongoing stress. That’s where trauma informed therapy comes in.


It is safe to assume that most, if not all, of the children, youth, and families in our services have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Recognizing this allows The Buckeye Ranch to approach children, youth, and families with a curiosity of “what happened to you” as opposed to “what is wrong with you.”

Incorporating the Neurosequential Model

Developed by Dr. Bruce D. Perry, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a means of providing a structure for assessment of a child. Described as “a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children,” NMT provides a template for articulating problems, identifying strengths and applying interventions to best address the needs of the individual. NMT is a huge component of our work at The Buckeye Ranch.

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For additional information on our trauma-informed care techniques, contact The Buckeye Ranch today.