6 Trauma-Informed Podcast Episodes

Trauma is one of the leading threats to a human’s physical and emotional health. While adults can be affected by traumatic life events after age 18, childhood ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can have the greatest effect on our lives. We’ve chosen seven podcast episodes that can help you better understand the deep-seated effects of ACEs and stay trauma-informed.

Please note: the following episodes may contain instances of abuse, trauma, or mature language. Listener discretion is advised. 

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime by Nadine Burke Harris

ted health talk - how childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is emphatic about protecting children’s mental health, specifically in low-income areas of the United States. During her TedMed talk, Dr. Harris addresses the single largest public health threat we are facing today: childhood trauma.

The CDC found that childhood trauma dramatically increases the risk of death for adults – an almost 20-year difference in life expectancy. ACEs affect brain development, the immune system, hormones, and even the way our DNA is read. Studies also show that children living at or below the US poverty level are much more likely to experience ACEs from birth to age eighteen.

Listen to Dr. Harris’ TedTalk about acknowledging, treating, and preventing childhood trauma in our nation.

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A Crash Course on Trauma-Informed Teaching by Truth for Teachers

truth for teachers podcast - trauma-informed tips for teachers

How do you cultivate and maintain a trauma-sensitive classroom? Often times, we may mistake our students’ negative actions as personal or intentional. In reality, they may be responding to their current or past trauma.

In this episode of Truth for Teachers Podcast, Angela Watson offers a simple guide to shaping a trauma-informed classroom. This includes simple preventative and interventive measures as well as the importance of setting boundaries.

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Racialize Trauma is Solvable by Solvable

Solvable Podcast Episode about Intergenerational trauma

What is generational or intergenerational trauma? What role does American slavery and racism play in it? Jacob Weisberg from Solvable chats with Resmaa Menakem to address these questions. Resmaa is an author and psychotherapist working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a specialist focused on racial trauma, he helps people metabolize intergenerational pain and pay attention to the cues their bodies are communicating rather than burying them.

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Traditional Parenting vs. Trauma-Informed Parenting by The Forgotten Podcast

Raising a child that’s experienced traumatic life events may look a little different than traditional parenting. Perhaps your child has experienced extreme food insecurity, domestic abuse, a house fire, or the loss of a parent. Simple events like a family pillow fight or a book dropping to the ground may cause a child to react in flight (running away), fight (becoming hostile or worked up), or freezing (not speaking or isolating themselves).

Jami Kaeb and author/seasoned foster parent, Kristin Berry, provide practical insight for parents, foster parents, and guardians who are longing to connect with their children. Particularly those who have been traumatized by big life events.

Please note: This episode has religious undertones with a trauma-informed central message. ChildSavers is a non-religious, non-partisan organization with an appreciation for all people working to improve children’s mental health and development.

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How Trauma Lodges in the Body with Bessel van der Kolk by On Being

onbeing podcast how trauma lodges in the body

You won’t want to miss Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, Krista Tippett, as she interviews psychiatrist and Boston University professor, Bessel van der Kolk. During this hour-long conversation, you’ll learn how some experiences imprint themselves in not just our mind, but our body as well.

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What Happened to You (Part 1, 2 and 3) by Terrible, Thanks For Asking

terrible thanks for asking podcast trauma informed and building resilience

Terrible, Thanks for Asking (TTFA for short) is about as real as it gets. Throughout this three-part series*, Nora McInerny urges us to ask “what happened to you” instead of “what’s wrong with you?” Listen to Brit’s 3-part story of building resilience to her childhood trauma.

*Please note these episodes contain mature language and instances of verbal abuse.

Part I Episode 85: iTunes | Spotify | Listen online

Part 2 Episode 86: iTunes | Spotify | Listen online

Part 3 Episode 87: iTunes | Spotify | Listen online

Additional Resources About Trauma

These trauma-informed podcast episodes are a great first step to learn about the effects of trauma on our brains, bodies, and lives. The next step? Engage in training opportunities and explore additional, free resources.

Trauma and Resilience Training

ChildSavers offers a multitude of free and fee-based trauma training opportunities for parents, caregivers, community leaders, and organizations. We also offer workshops and trainings specific to topics like self-care, regulation, and behavior management for educators, clinicians, social services, healthcare workers, and others. Check out our upcoming training calendar and register.

Learn more about trauma and resilience

It’s important to learn about the impacts of trauma but we also must inform ourselves on resilience building and coping with trauma. Below are a few videos and articles from our mental health professionals that may be useful on your journey to becoming a trauma expert:

ChildSavers‘ mission is to guide our community’s children through life’s critical moments with trauma-informed mental health and development services. With nearly 100 years of service in Richmond, VA, our staff works relentlessly to ensure all children can be safe, happy, healthy, and ready to learn. 


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