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Benefits of Trauma Informed Care

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Why is trauma informed care helpful? Can Trauma Informed Care be helpful even if you don't have "Trauma" in your history?

What is Trauma Informed Care?

Trauma informed care is an approach that acknowledges the prevalence and impact of trauma on individuals, and incorporates this understanding into all aspects of care. It is a framework that recognizes that trauma can lead to a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Trauma includes both direct and indirect experiences of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, and other extremely painful events.

Trauma informed care is grounded on the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. It aims to foster a sense of safety and trust between service providers and clients, respect the clients' choices and preferences, promote partnerships in decision making and treatment planning, and enhance the clients' sense of control, self-efficacy, and well-being.

The importance of trauma informed care has been widely recognized in mental health and psychiatric literature, as it has significant implications for the quality and effectiveness of care, as well as for the ethical and humanistic aspects of care.

Benefits of Trauma Informed Care

One key benefit of trauma informed care is that it helps to prevent re-traumatization of clients. Re-traumatization refers to experiences that trigger or exacerbate the clients' trauma-related symptoms or distress. It can occur in various ways, such as through insensitive or intrusive questions, use of restraints or seclusions, or lack of cultural sensitivity or empathy. Re-traumatization can result in clients feeling further disempowered, stigmatized, or unsafe, and can impede their recovery.

By contrast, a trauma informed approach emphasizes the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for clients, where they feel respected, heard, and validated. This can be achieved through various means, such as clear communication, active listening, use of trauma-sensitive language, collaborative goal setting, and recognition of cultural diversity. Such practices can help to build trust and rapport between service providers and clients, and facilitate the clients' engagement and investment in their own care.

Another advantage of trauma informed care is that it can enhance the effectiveness of interventions. Trauma can have pervasive effects on various domains of functioning, such as cognition, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and physical health. Trauma informed care seeks to address these multiple domains by using evidence-based interventions that are tailored to the individual needs and preferences of clients.

For example, trauma-specific treatments, such as trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, have been shown to be effective in reducing trauma-related symptoms and improving overall functioning. In addition, trauma-informed approaches can incorporate complementary and alternative modalities, such as mindfulness, expressive arts, or yoga, which have been shown to promote relaxation, emotional regulation, and self-awareness.

Moreover, trauma informed care can contribute to the ethical and humanistic aspects of care. Trauma survivors often face numerous challenges and barriers to accessing and receiving care, such as stigma, discrimination, lack of resources, and past negative experiences of care. Trauma informed care can address these challenges by offering a more compassionate, respectful, and validating approach that honors the clients' dignity, autonomy, and rights.

Trauma informed care can also promote social justice and equity by recognizing the systemic and structural factors that contribute to trauma, such as poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism. Trauma informed care can therefore advocate for policies and practices that address these factors and promote a more equitable and inclusive society.

In conclusion, trauma informed care is a crucial framework for providing effective, ethical, and compassionate care to trauma survivors. It offers a holistic approach that addresses the multiple needs and challenges of clients, and promotes safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. Mental health and psychiatric journals have consistently emphasized the importance of trauma informed care, and have provided valuable insights and evidence-based recommendations for implementing this approach. By incorporating trauma informed care into their practices, service providers can improve the quality and outcomes of care, and help to restore hope and resilience to trauma survivors.

At Hummingbird Counseling and Trauma Center, our clinicians work from a trauma informed space to provide clients with the skills to overcome trauma and live their most full filled lives. Contact us today for a free 15 minute consultation.


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