Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives (SAMHSA, 2011).
The Effects of Trauma on Whole Health
Across the span of a lifetime, traumatic experience of violence or victimization leading to fear, horror, helplessness or inability to cope leads to persistent and severe neurological, biological, psychological, and social problems - and early death. (Felitti et al, 1998; Herman, 1992) The ACE Study of more than 17,000 adults indicates adverse childhood experiences are the most basic and long-lasting cause of health risk behaviors, mental illness, social malfunction, disease, disability, death, and healthcare costs. (Felitti, et al. 2011)
NARBHA works with ADHS/ DBHS to become more trauma-informed in developing programs, providing treatment, and promoting recovery.
A "trauma-informed" healthcare system is one in which all components of healthcare services are informed by a basic understanding of the role that violence plays in the lives of adults, children, adolescents and families or caregivers seeking mental health and addictions services. A "trauma informed" healthcare system uses that understanding to design healthcare services that accommodate the vulnerabilities of trauma survivors, allows healthcare to be delivered in a way that l avoids inadvertent retraumatization, and facilitates consumer participation in treatment. It also requires, to the extent possible, closely knit collaborative relationships with other public sector service systems serving these people and the behavioral health provider network which has particular clinical expertise in trauma and trauma recovery. (Harris & Fallot, 2001).
Promising Practices: Advancing Integrated Heatlh Through Trauma-Informed Care
NARBHA'S 3rd Annual Healthcare Integration Conference featured presentations by consultants provided through SAMHSA's Promoting Alternatives to Use of Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices program
Download Promising Practices Conference Presentation Slides
- What is Trauma? Why Do We Need to Address It? Raul Almazar, RN, MA
- The Neurobiology of Trauma, Brian Sims, M.D.
- Tools for Self-Regulation, Raul Almaza
- Trauma and Recovery, Jaime Romo, Ed.D.
- Trauma-Informed Workforce Development, Raul Almazar
- Culture and Recovery, Bob Ingram, NARBHA's Recovery Programs Administrator
Resources for Healthcare Professionals Addressing Trauma Informed Care
- Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- Trauma Informed Care Learning Series (PPT:slide show)
- Environmental Components for Trauma Informed Care
- Facts for Caregivers Handout
Consumer Resources for Trauma Informed Care
- SAMHSA National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
- Tips for Talking to Children & Youth after Traumatic Events - A Guide for Parents & Educators