Presenter: Joanna Bridger, LICSW
Trauma and its associated mental health problems are increasingly evident in clinical practice and can create difficult treatment challenges. To further complicate this picture, people will often enter therapy for a variety of reasons and issues related to trauma which may emerge later in the treatment process.
Trauma-Informed Care is an organizational structure and approach that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care explains that “a trauma-informed approach is based on the recognition that many behaviors and responses (often seen as symptoms) expressed by survivors and consumers are directly related to traumatic experiences that often cause mental health, substance abuse, and physical health concerns.”
This training will provide information about the prevalence and impact of traumatic events and will look at why a focus on trauma is important. It will discuss the idea of trauma-informed care and what it means to be trauma informed. In addition, how trauma-informed care differs from, and overlaps with, trauma treatment will be addressed. The training will also include information about what providers can do to make sure their practices and policies are more trauma-informed.