We Believe Change is Possible
Our strategy to fulfill our mission is to educate our community on the science behind the emotional reactions to trauma and the ways to help traumatized children heal and recover. It’s not just about hurt feelings and troubling emotions; it’s much deeper and is rooted physiologically. Trauma remains wired in the body and brain. Whenever it triggers its victims, it causes them to relive the panic and terror of their original trauma over and over. These wounds are not visible to the human eye, but they are very real and left untreated can cause chronic health issues which last a lifetime.
We believe education is a critical component to helping traumatized children on their road to recovery and have designed our education programs for the community at large and professionals who are on the frontlines of this issue, including educators, healthcare professionals, and organizations working with children.
Our education programs include TraumaTALKS for the community, TraumaTRAININGS for professionals, and our inaugural TraumaCONFERENCE. All education programs are given by Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), along with other licensed mental health professionals.
What sets Chester Street Foundation apart from other organizations educating on trauma?
“Mr. Nemeth is uniquely qualified to share the personal perspective of what it is to live with trauma and to work through trauma.” – Dr. Megan Mooney, Licensed Psychologist and President of the Texas Psychological Association
“Mr. Nemeth can effectively communicate his story in a professional manner that is well-received by a wide variety of audiences.” – Dr. Ginger Gates, (retired) Director of Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center
“Children being resilient to trauma is a fallacy.”