Trauma Informed Care

Evidenced-Based Treatment

Trauma-Informed Approach

According to SAMHSA’s concept of a trauma-informed approach, “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:

  1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;

  2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;

  3. Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and

  4. Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization."

A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures. These principles may be generalizable across multiple types of settings, although terminology and application may be setting- or sector-specific:

  1. Safety

  2. Trustworthiness and Transparency

  3. Peer support

  4. Collaboration and mutuality

  5. Empowerment, voice and choice

  6. Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

What is Trauma?    Definition (NASMHPD, 2006) • The experience of violence and victimization including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, domestic violence and/or the witnessing of violence, terrorism or disasters

What is Trauma Informed Care Treatment?  Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

What is Trauma Informed Care Practice?  Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (TICP) ... TICP is a strengths-based framework that is responsive to the impact of trauma, emphasizing physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both service providers and survivors; and creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

What is Trauma -Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?  Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers.

What is a Strength-based Approach?  Strength-based practice is a social work practice theory that emphasizes people's self-determination and strengths. It is a philosophy and a way of viewing clients as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity.

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