Enhancing the Lives of Children in Out-Of-Home Care: An Exploration of Mind-Body Interventions as a Method of Trauma Recovery


The prevalence and impact of trauma exposure among young people in the child welfare system in Canada warrants holistic intervention as a means of trauma recovery for this vulnerable population. A trauma-informed approach to practice is outlined through consideration of traditional trauma treatments and mind-body interventions that serve as complementary methods of therapy. Despite limited research on the effectiveness of mind-body interventions with children and adolescents in out-of-home care in Canada, a review of available literature on mindfulness, arts-based methods, and yoga suggests these therapeutic interventions promote resilience and positive development. Additional research is needed to support the use of mind-body interventions with young people in out-of-home care. Practice implications and recommendations for future research within Canada are included to increase awareness and support a working understanding of the pervasiveness of trauma exposure among this population and the value of trauma-informed, holistic intervention.

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Mayer, S.S. Enhancing the Lives of Children in Out-Of-Home Care: An Exploration of Mind-Body Interventions as a Method of Trauma Recovery. Journ Child Adol Trauma 12, 549–560 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-019-0250-3

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  • Child welfare
  • Out-of-home care
  • Trauma
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Arts