Everybody Needs A Therapist! While May is the official Mental Health Awareness Month, given the ubiquitous nature of trauma in our culture today, every month…
Trauma can serve as a filter, or lens, through which a person views the world. Think of sunglasses: You put them on and everything is shaded differently. Trauma can have that type of effect on how a person perceives their world.
Unbounded Horizons is working to help create a radical transition for our society in how we perceive and treat trauma survivors. This more comprehensive and supportive approach is called Trauma-Informed Care. It is a beautiful and communal way to build support for a healing environment. We invite you to learn more about the incredible potential behind this approach. Read on to learn more about TIC and how you can integrate this the next time you interact with a trauma survivor. And according to this approach — that is all of us.
“Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life- including service staff.
On an organizational or systemic level, Trauma-Informed Care changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels. Similar to the change in general protocol regarding universal precautions, Trauma-Informed Care practice and awareness becomes almost second nature and pervasive in all service responses. Trauma-Informed Care requires a system to make a paradigm shift from asking, “What is wrong with this person?” to “What has happened to this person?”
The intention of Trauma-Informed Care is not to treat symptoms or issues related to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or any other form of trauma but rather to provide support services in a way that is accessible and appropriate to those who may have experienced trauma. When service systems operating procedures do not use a trauma-informed approach, the possibility for triggering or exacerbating trauma symptoms and re-traumatizing individuals increases.”
Excerpted from University of Buffalo, Buffalo Center for Social Research
How can you create a trauma-informed space to support someone in your life? Check out the following five guiding principles of trauma-informed care and put them into practice for yourself. Be patient and let the healing begin!
Create areas that are calm and safe. This fosters healing and trust.
Provide individuals options in their treatments. Survivors do not need to be saved. They need to be empowered to make their own choices.
Notice the capabilities of the individual and celebrate the abilities of the survivor. Do not focus on what they lack but more on what they are in this moment.
Make decisions together — individuals have shared power in deciding how they want to be treated. This is a dramatic shift for trauma survivors.
Provide clear and consistent information. This will enable clear and dependable boundaries during the recovery process.
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Well, we have you covered. We know books can be a great source of insight and inspiration and can provide a sense of strength and support on our healing journeys. Whether you are looking to learn more about how trauma affects our minds, bodies, and general wellbeing or simply looking for new ways of thinking and being in the world, we have some wonderful books to recommend.
“The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” –Dr Seuss
Are you looking for some great online resources to support you in your healing journey? Need some tools to add to your toolkit — like some amazing guided mediations — or need to speak with a trauma-informed teletherapist? Explore the links below and check back again to discover more ideas about where to find helpful information and resources online.
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