What is Trauma-Informed Care?
- An appreciation for the high prevalence of traumatic experience in persons who receive mental health, physical health, and substance abuse services.
- A thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects of trauma and violence on the individual.
We need to presume the clients we serve have a history of traumatic stress and
exercise “universal precautions” by creating systems of care that are trauma-informed.
What is trauma?
Trauma is 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. ~ (NASMHPD, 2006)
Dickinson Center, Inc. embraces the trauma-informed care model.
Trauma-Informed Care is all about “changing the culture of an organization.”
Principles of a Trauma-Informed Care Organization:
- Secure environment with supportive care
- Consumer voice, choice, and advocacy
- Cultural competence
- Trusting relationships
- System-wide understanding of trauma prevalance, impact, and trauma-informed care
- Recovery, consumer-driven and trauma-specific services