What is Trauma-Informed Care?

 

A Culture Change Movement

"Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma."  www.traumainformedcareproject.org

My approach to consultation on trauma informed care has the same initial foundation as the Resilient Learning Culture.  The difference between TIC and RLC is in the audacity to build something effective and soul nourishing. My take on TIC is that it is foundational to resilience education and culture. I was a part of the group who developed the "Missouri Model of TIC" while I worked with Truman Medical Center. I hear people say "I'm trauma informed!" and yet the spirit of their communication is confrontational and their main focus is on training completion. RLC requires us to reorient our selves to human service with TIC and then to build a new story of how we agree to be together that fosters "group flow" and systems that can "bounce back" after something difficult or traumatic happens.  These systems must be broadly diverse and coherently integrated to cultivate a resilience learning culture that is reliable and predictable. This movement is a journey and the journey is the destination.

A Professional Practice

My journey to providing Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and professional development started back in 2012, when I was attempting to find collaborators for changing the way we serve our most challenging populations.  I had been working for years with youth in the juvenile justice system as well as youth and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities.  I was trying to pitch an idea that mindfulness, play and arts integrated learning could change lives.  When I discovered TIC... everything changed, my life's work changed, my mothering practice changed and my relationship with myself was transformed and empowered in unforeseen ways. 

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