The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth (TLC) provides support to communities following a traumatic event. Services are designed to support youth as they manage grief and build resiliency, in the aftermath of traumatic loss, such as suicide, homicide, sudden loss of a loved one, or other traumatic circumstances.
The purpose of the Traumatic Loss Coalition is to ensure that professionals who interact with school age youth from a variety of disciplines and programs, including school personnel, have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, traumatic grief, and resiliency enhancement.
Center For Family Services coordinates the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth in Camden and Gloucester Counties, including monthly coalition meetings. onsite traumatic loss response, and training and consultation.
Camden and Gloucester County Coalition Meetings
The coalition meetings bring together educators, mental health providers, law enforcement, members of community-based agencies, faith-based organizations, and community members to share their ideas and experiences working with youth, families, and communities. In addition, workshops and presentations are offered to help enhance our knowledge and skills in working with youth, families, and communities.
Onsite Traumatic Loss Response Lead Response Team
The Lead Response Team is made up of volunteer school personnel, mental health professionals, paraprofessionals, social workers, counselors, substance use treatment counselors, and community support service providers. The function of the Lead Response Team is to provide comprehensive multi-component crisis interventions following a critical incident in schools, community programs, or agencies servicing youth. Types of critical incidents include: sudden loss, such as death from a car accident, suicide, or homicide, school or community violence, or natural disasters.
Training and Consultation
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth provide consultation to schools and agencies in the development of trauma response plans, including Suicide Prevention (Question, Persuade and Refer), trauma response, and trauma informed care.
Camden and Gloucester County Coordinator: Barbara Maronski, MSW, LSW
If ouside of Camden or Gloucester County, you can find additional information here: NJ - Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions For Youth (TLC) is a statewide initiative out of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care funded by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships, Office of School Linked Services, dedicated to providing suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses and traumatic events.