Understanding Trauma

Young people that have experienced childhood trauma can exhibit behavioural symptoms like poor emotional control, anger, violence and substance abuse. These are common reactions to the emotional pain they've experienced in their past. It’s a chronic cycle of high stress that keeps young people returning to the behaviour or addiction that brings them back into control or to calm.

The science tells us that relationally rich experiences can begin to rewire the negative pathways in the brain. Our approach is to intentionally steep traumatized brains in natural, safe and loving environments that will reboot the original operating system that’s no longer serving them.

Integral to this process is being able to calm and regulate the overactive stress response.

“Relationships matter: the currency for systemic change was trust, and trust comes through forming healthy working relationships. People, not programs, change people.”  

Bruce D. Perry, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

The Redefin'd Approach to Trauma

At Redefin’d being trauma-informed means looking at the pain and not the behaviour.


Pain is the lens through which our young people see the world. We believe that knowing a person's story and engaging them in positive relational experiences, reducing their exposure to stress and giving them time to learn new ways to cope all interrupt the chronic cycle of trauma and it's symptoms.


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Participation in a hands-on activity is known to deactivate the hyper stress response.


With a calmed fight or flight, the brain can relax and activate the thinking and learning areas that were previously switched off.


Hands-on work, and discovering a sense of mastery is a powerful therapeutic tool in trauma recovery.