February is Trauma Informed Care Month

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.
(Hodas, 2005)

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

  • Calm

  • Healing

  • Safe

  • Hopeful

  • Honest

  • Cultural competence

  • Trusting relationships

  • System-wide understanding of trauma prevalance, impact, and trauma-informed care

  • Recovery, consumer-driven and trauma-specific services