Trauma Informed Care and Practice

What is Trauma Informed Care?

Many individuals seeking health and community services have histories of physical and sexual abuse and other types of traumatic experiences. These experiences often lead to substance misuse and mental health problems, in addition to other co-occurring disorders. Trauma informed organisations, programs, and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatisation. 

When a service takes the steps to become trauma informed, every part of the organisation's management and service delivery systems need to be assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking service.  Trauma informed organisations, programs and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate so that these services can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatisation (adapted from SAMHSA).


 

Resources

Training organisations: Access links to websites of organisations that provide relevant training.

Mental Health Coordinating Council TICP Micro website. Click here to access. 

NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health Inc. Trauma Informed Care & Mental Health Recovery web pages click here.

 Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services (National Centre on Family Homelessness, USA)

Supporting Women with Complex Needs (Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services, WA)