Trauma Response

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care and Trauma

For clients who have experienced trauma, one central facet within the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care (IWBMC) includes providing trauma-informed care within all aspects of their day, which is expanded upon within the Hope School Model.  The IWBMC provides students with a safe environment that allows opportunities for collaboration, builds trustworthiness, and encourages their participation in choices throughout the day.

Within our trauma-informed approach, students are placed in small groups based on level of academic readiness, emotional/behavioral support, daily living independence, and inter-personal communication skills. Students are enabled to change the way they see their world and how they process events, situations, and their own emotions.  A variety of techniques support student growth, including those that

  • help to alleviate dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and emotional responses,
  • identify possible triggers and help to recognize related emotions and behaviors, and
  • provide individual strategies to self-regulate emotional and behavioral state.

The daily student-teacher relationship also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) components.

Diagnoses We See

Helping kids with trauma

Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care helps students overcome past negative experiences by creating the right neural pathways. We serve students with various trauma-related diagnoses such as:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
Environments for Students with Trauma

Evaluation. Assessment. Individualized Plans.

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care builds upon itself, helping students to create a more complex interplay of their thoughts, feelings, emotions, introspection, and interpersonal perspective-taking over time. It is of utmost importance to meet each student exactly where they are neurodevelopmentally through an integrated approach of the socio-emotional therapeutic model and individualized neurodevelopmental interventions, while being mindful and aware of each individual’s previous experiences.

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Safe Spaces

Our campuses are “safe spaces” where students can advocate for their needs, find the right amount of sensory input, and connect with nature. Classrooms are designed to enable focus and support unique learning styles.

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Enduring Relationships

At Jacob's Ladder, students form trusting and enduring relationships with their teachers. The student experience is not just academic and therapeutic. Relational growth is also essential for wholeness.

Learn about our success in helping individuals with a history of trauma.

Scientifically Sound Approaches Delivered in Safe, Loving Environments

A better functioning brain helps children and young adults overcome past experiences with trauma.  Delivering appropriate interventions in effective ways help students to make tremendous relational, academic, functional, and neurodevelopmental gains

Overcoming PTSD and related trauma disorders is possible for children and young adults. Let us share our proven approach.

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407 Hardscrabble Rd
Roswell, Georgia 30075

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