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Becoming a Trauma Informed Agency

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Tonya Verburg

on 5 August 2014

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Transcript of Becoming a Trauma Informed Agency

The Journey to Become Trauma Informed as a Agency
Core Principles of Being Trauma Informed
Knowledge and Awareness
Development is Affected by Trauma
Being Compassionate
Recognize that People and Issues are Complex
Use Evidence Based Approaches
Use Respectful Language
Cultural Competence
Use Strength Bases Approach
Safety and Trust
Universal Precautions and Screening

What is Trauma?
“Trauma is when we have encountered an out of control, frightening experience that has disconnected us from all sense of resourcefulness or safety or coping or love”.
(Tara Brach, 2011)

A traumatic event can involve a single experience, or enduring repeated events, that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved in that experience.

Traumatizing events can have a profound impact on the individual’s identity, resulting in negative effects in mind, body, soul and spirit.

Important to Understand
Trauma Informed Care is a Fundamental Right

Trauma is an Injury

Trauma is pervasive
What is Trauma Informed
Becoming trauma informed is not about being a trauma specialist, rather it understands the role that each person can play in supporting a person's recovery.
It is in our
broken places
that a light can
shine through

“The solution of all adult problems tomorrow depends in large measure upon the way our children grow up today
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

Types of Trauma
Single Event: car accident, robbery

Developmental Trauma
Child abuse, neglect, parents who are unable to parent, generational

Natural disaster, War, Displacement

Institutional: Correctional institution, hospital, group home, foster care

Cultural Trauma: racism, sexism, residential schools

Marginalization:poverty, homelessness, street involved

Many of the young people who come through our doors have had troubled lives. Pregnancy is the reason they come but they often need help because of other serious issues, which may include mental health difficulties, histories of abuse, addictions, developmental delay or a history of family dysfunction related to violence.
We hold the belief that early parenthood is a time of opportunity for personal growth and for positive life changes. With the right support, young people who become parents often learn to draw upon personal strengths they didn't realize they had, and to make new, healthier and more responsible choices. In this way, teen pregnancy and parenting can be a "teachable moment", an opportunity to turn lives around.
What we know is that trauma affects the whole person; mind, body and spirit therefore recovery also has to take into consideration the person as a whole. Through the nurturing of healthy relationships, attending to basic physical needs (i.e. – sleep and nutrition), having adequate housing and food security people have a greater opportunity to engage in trauma recovery. The mind, body and spirit will respond to these positive factors maximizing the potential for healing
When a human service program or system seeks to become trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery needs to be assessed and modified to ensure a basic understanding of how trauma impacts the life of an individual who is seeking services.
Behavior is Predictable
All Behavior has meaning - both good behavior and bad behavior

We need to look closely at the antecedents to behavior - What happened first that is causing this behavior?

How have we become trauma informed
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