The human response to traumatic events may vary for each person. One person may have what is considered a normal reaction. Another person’s initial response might seem reasonable, but their coping reactions become worse later on. They may benefit from trauma informed care that seeks to help them process the traumatizing event.

What Is Trauma Informed Care?

trauma informed care trauma informed approachTrauma informed care is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes how an experience impacts a person’s life. A trauma informed approach incorporates knowledge from the impact of trauma. Generally, this information is used to understand the connection between the traumatic experience and the person’s responses.

Treating symptoms of mental illness or addiction is not enough for complete wellness. This person-centered response focuses on improving a person’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

The purpose of a trauma informed approach is to offer strategies and skills for overcoming a damaging experience. A person gets a better understanding of how trauma affects their emotional and physical reactions. Specifically, they learn how to create healthier ways of adapting to what happened in their life.

Screening for Trauma

Determining whether an adverse experience caused an interruption a person’s life is a fundamental step for treatment. A good practice is screening every person as they enter treatment. Doing so as early as possible helps inform clinicians when developing a treatment plan.

The Six Core Principles of Trauma Informed Care

Generally, trauma informed care does not involve a prescribed set of procedures or practices. Rather, this type of care adheres to six core principles. Each component may generally apply to individual treatment, trauma experience, setting, and location.

A trauma therapy program designed to help a person may include:

  1. Understanding – knowledge raises a person’s awareness of their trauma so they can take steps toward wellness.
  2. Safety – meeting core emotional and physical safety needs minimizes stress reactions and increases stability.
  3. Cultural engagement – an openness to understanding cultural differences encourages humility and responsiveness.
  4. Compassion and dependability – experiencing these two in relationships help with rebuilding trust.
  5. Collaboration and empowerment – prepared for real opportunities to make choices about their own care and wellness.
  6. Resilience and recovery – emphasis is on strengths to give the person clear steps toward wellness and recovery improves their determination to get better.

Systems of Trauma Informed Care

A trauma informed approach to treating a person does not treat specific symptoms related to a traumatic event. Instead, it acknowledges the need to understand how a person’s life experiences define their responsiveness to certain treatments. Experts use this knowledge to deliver effective care.

Exposure to adverse experiences like violence, abuse, neglect, and discrimination especially can have lifelong effects. Correspondingly, a person may engage in risky behaviors or have serious health problems.

Trauma informed care may improve the person’s engagement in their treatment. Valuing the person’s voice in all aspects of their care creates a positive atmosphere. Eventually, a person will experience a domino effect that leads to adherence to treatment recommendations and better long-term outcomes.

Take the First Step Today

A trauma informed approach to care at First Step Center helps you acknowledge past traumas. Furthermore, we teach you empowering coping methods to build better life skills in key areas. As a result, our goal is focusing treatment on what disrupts your life.

We are also a dual diagnosis treatment center to help anyone struggling with mental illness and addiction. Receiving treatment for one condition without simultaneously addressing the needs of the other can make the situation worse.

Our luxury facility offers mental health treatment programs in a secure and confidential facility. We have programs and services that include:

Don’t let a traumatic experience keep you from living the life you deserve. Contact us today at 866.832.6398 to begin your recovery journey.