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New in the Library: Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
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Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, describes the “concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed.”

Highlighted from the paper:Concept of Trauma

  • Individuals with experiences of trauma are found in multiple service sectors, not just in behavioral health. Studies of people in the juvenile and criminal justice system reveal high rates of mental and substance use disorders and personal histories of trauma.
  • There is an increasing focus on the impact of trauma and how service systems may help to resolve or exacerbate trauma-related issues. These systems are beginning to revisit how they conduct their business under the framework of a trauma-informed approach.
  • A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.


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Posted Tue, Oct 14 2014 7:54 AM by Susan Powell


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