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"One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you are going through now and it will become part of someone else's survival guide." ~Unknown 

What is Trauma Informed Care?

• An awareness of the prevalence of trauma

• An understanding of the impact of trauma on physical, emotional, and mental health as well as on behaviors and engagement to services 

• An understanding that current service systems can retraumatize individuals.

What is Trauma Informed Care?

“Trauma-informed care is a strengths based framework that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.”

A program, organization, or system that is trauma informed....

 Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recover
 Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system
 Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization

Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA, 2012)

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