Trauma-Informed Care Facility: A Culture Shift
The Children’s Home is moving in the direction of becoming a trauma-informed care facility. In each of our services we have children who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. A traumatic event involves a single experience or an enduring or repeating event or events that completely overwhelm the child’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience. The child does not know how to make sense of what has occurred to them or to someone else.
As we take the steps to becoming trauma-informed, every part of our organization, management and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of a child and his or her family. So that these services and programs can be more supportive and so we avoid re-traumatization, we are tailoring our organization, programs and services to understand the vulnerabilities of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may not recognize. Our hope is to decrease the potential of any repetition of a childhood history of loss or pain that leaves the child more vulnerable.