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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.  


Trauma-Informed Care

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

Resources for Healthcare Professionals Addressing Trauma Informed Care

Consumer Resources for Trauma Informed Care