Trauma-informed care is not a therapy, intervention or specific action. It is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognized the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma played in their lives. Trauma is extreme stress that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can be an event, a series of events, or a set of circumstances that harms a person's physical or emotional well-being.
According to SAMHSA TIP 57 (2014), there are five primary principles for trauma-informed care:
- Physical and emotional safety
- Trustworthiness and Transparency
- Meaningful sharing of power and decision making
- Voice and choice
- Collaboration and Mutuality
Who out there is familiar with Trauma-Informed care? How do you incorporate trauma-informed care into your own practice? How might we all incorporate trauma-informed care into our everyday interactions in the office, home or on the streets?