Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
This information is adapted from SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services: Quick Guide for Clinicians. Being Trauma-informed means to:
The goal of trauma-informed care is to avoid re-traumatizing someone. “Re-traumatizing refers to inadvertently recreating some conditions of a persons’ previous trauma, causing them to relive it in the moment.” Trauma-informed care aims to help people find meaning and purpose in their lives, fulfill valued roles and engage in a life in a community of their choosing, see themselves as more than their trauma(s), help people identify and pursue avenues to reducing distress and problems in their lives and exercise personal autonomy and self-determination in making choices. Trauma-informed care means shifting from the medical question of “What’s wrong with you?” to the trauma-informed question of “What’s happened to you?”
While some trauma-informed principles are specific to clinicians, the overall goal and many of the principles can be adapted by anyone. Trauma-informed principles include:
SMI Adviser Tip: We often hear references to trauma-informed care without a clear idea of what that entails. Can you suggest a resource with a clear definition of trauma-informed care and how to implement it?