Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


This study looked at past research on trauma informed practice to analyze its effectiveness.. There is sufficient research portraying the helpfulness of the trauma-informed approach; however, there is little research on whether it is effective as a theoretical intervention. The study looked at how different trauma-informed interventions have helped in diminishing the effect of trauma on different populations. The populations considered in the analysis include: women that have experienced domestic violence, children, individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and youth that reside in neighborhoods with high levels of crime. Since trauma-informed care is currently considered a broad theoretical framework for practice, with this meta-analysis, we aim to establish it as a concrete evidence-based practice.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Gabriela Martinez is a senior Social Work and Theology major at Valparaiso University. She is interested in working with children and youth that have experienced trauma. She will be receiving her MSW from the School of Social Administration at University of Chicago after graduating from VU. She hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and work as an advocate for troubled and abused youth.

Lesley Barajas is a senior Social Work Major with a Psychology Minor at Valparaiso University. She is currently working as a social work intern at an elementary school in Merrillville, IN for her field practicum and has held a previous field practicum at Family House, Inc. in Valparaiso, IN as a Visit Supervisor. She is most interested in working with youth and families. She hopes to receive her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and undergo a specialized program to be certified in school social work.