Working amidst pervasive structural poverty and community violence, Jeff’s responsibilities within school communities entailed much more than simply providing rote clinical services. In schools where most of the population had experienced trauma, students needs necessitated the trauma-informed adaptation of conventional supports.
Through trauma recovery work, Jeff discovered two interventions that engaged students most: mindfulness and writing, specifically poetry. Both helped students get in touch with themselves through their own self-lead process, and, not to mention, facilitated a trusting friendship with an adult––which most students lacked.
Today, Jeff continues teaching youth about writing, meditation and mindfulness, working with high needs schools to offer students an outlet to heal and build character, resilience, and self-awareness.