People often ask us, what is trauma-informed care? Not only is it the foundation of our interactions, the practice emphasizes physical and emotional safety, choice and empowerment. The trauma-informed care approach acknowledges the role that a past trauma can play in a person’s life.
“Embracing Trauma-Informed Care is a way to build resilience in our community to help have a positive impact on the people who live here,” said Allison Hill, President and CEO, Lakeview Center.
Experiencing a crisis or a highly stressful situation can take a toll on one’s health – mentally, physically and spiritually. Individuals may feel helpless, shocked or even numb. People who turn to Lakeview Center behavioral health expert will find a team using trauma-informed care to develop treatment plans. Individualized plans reflect each person’s lived traumatic experience. Even language is thoughtfully considered. For instance, a therapist will ask “what happened to you?” instead of “what’s wrong with you?”
When we provide treatment to a person, our team is careful not to re-traumatize them. The first impression we make through our facial expressions and how we speak is important. Trauma-informed care involves paying close attention to those interactions. It also involves our collaboration with partners and local agencies such as law enforcement, emergency responders, the juvenile justice system and the school system. Working together helps to ensure that all touch points contribute to providing effective, compassionate care to all members of our community.
The good news is that trauma is treatable. Lakeview Center uses many evidence-based models and promising practices designed for specific populations, types of trauma, and behavioral health manifestations.
To gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this vital practice we have prepared a Q&A. The following Q&A can guide you through additional information about this effective and compassion approach to treatment.