What is trauma-informed practice
Trauma affects everybody, whether directly or indirectly. It occurs when we are overwhelmed by events or circumstances and respond with intense fear, horror, and helplessness. Common traumas include accidents and natural disasters; physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; childhood abuse or neglect; war and other forms of violence; grief and loss; witnessing acts of violence; or cultural, intergenerational, and historical trauma.
Even though so many people are affected, we frequently forget that someone we meet, speak with, or support may have experienced trauma. In many cases, we don’t even recognize it.
Trauma-informed practice enables us to keep the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of people who may be trauma survivors in mind. We learn to be respectful, acknowledging, and understanding. More generally, we create and promote environments of healing and recovery.
Training & Consultation
We work with institutions and organizations to develop trauma-informed service systems and practice. Please contact us to explore opportunities for training and consultation.
Typically, there are four stages to becoming a trauma-informed system: trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive, trauma-responsive, and trauma-informed. In the process, participating individuals learn to understand trauma, its effects, and survivor adaptations, and to enable changes in behavior and to strengthen resilience and protective factors. At the system level, the culture – including all work practices and settings – changes to reflect a trauma-informed approach.