Trauma Informed Care
Trauma Informed Care is a highly referenced and widely adopted way of understanding and acknowledging the effects trauma has on individuals. Emanating in the behavioral health field, the concept of trauma moved from a deficit-based way of seeing individuals, to seeking to understand how traumatic experiences inform the way one interacts with the world (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 1998; Harris & Fallot, 2009).
This shift to a more contextually responsible view of being Trauma Informed, created a momentum and broad application across various disciplines and sectors. The welcomed adoption also highlighted different understandings amongst individuals and organizations regarding how we define and practice a Trauma Informed Care Approach. SAMHSA’s TIP 57 provides a framework regarding how to understand and responsibly build trauma-informed work spaces. While this framework was created for behavioral health service providers, the pervasive nature of trauma across our ecology (Harris & Fallot, 2009) has respectfully led to TIP 57 being situated as a seminal framework to understand the tenets of trauma and how organizations practice trauma informed care as an approach. As contributors to this work, we find value and relevance in this framework that provides a pathway for individuals to sensitize and raise one's awareness of self and others on their life-long journey of Conscious Ambassadorship.
A Conscious Ambassador of Trauma Informed Care™ is a promoter of a world where individuals are critically sensitized to the needs of others. The process of being an ambassador requires one to develop a raised awareness of self as an essential first step, and then reflecting on how one's thoughts inform the ways in which we support others. Therefore, The Conscious Ambassador of Trauma Informed Care™ approach is appropriate for all people-serving organizations as it is aimed at teaching individuals how to promote cultures that understand and account for the varying experiences and needs of their workforce.
Bronfenbrenner, U., & Morris, P. A. (1998). The ecology of developmental processes. In W. Damon & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology: Theoretical models of human development (p. 993–1028). John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Fallot, R. D. & Harris, M. (2009). Creating cultures of trauma-informed care (CCTIC): A self-assessment and planning protocol. Washington, DC: Community Connections. Retrieved from https://www.theannainstitute.org/CCTICSELFASSPP.pdf
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