2/9/2015 Recap Trauma-Informed Care

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Trauma-Informed Care

Dr Annabel Mead

MBBS FAChAM dipABAM

Recap

Trauma informed care recognizes

The impact of trauma on health

Behaviours as (mal)adaptive coping mechanisms

The need to avoid unintended trauma

The importance of delivering services that facilitate healing through genuine, authentic and compassionate relationships.

Supporting staff

Staff education

Clinical supervision

Mentoring trauma informed practice

Policies/activities to support staff self-care

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Staff care

Many workers have personal trauma histories

High ACE scores

Workplace stress

Emotionally intense work

Workload, funding

Staff injuries, bullying

Vicarious trauma

Arises from hearing traumatic stories of clients

Contributing factors

Personal history, role, degree of support

Protective factors

Coping strategies, boundaries, holistic self-care

Awareness of own triggers, mindfulness, creating meaning

Workplace culture

Staff to staff interactions

Shared values and beliefs

Shared vocabulary and language

Shared rituals and traditions

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Trauma informed Staff

How do we support our staff in their trauma informed practice?

Recognize importance of staff well-being

Convey that the skills and tools we teach clients are applicable to staff

Be watchful for the effects of vicarious trauma

Explore ways to mitigate negative effects of working with survivors

Leadership

The process by which one or more members of a group influences other group members such that they are motivated to contribute to the achievement of group goals.

Effective leadership occurs when leaders

‘Stand up’ for the group and its’ identity

Subordinate self-interest and self-identity: promote group interest and group identity

Can articulate the meaning of the group & relevance of its goals.

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Trauma informed Leadership

Modeling TIP at all times

Being available, present, attentive, transparent

Intentional communication

Recognize the value of each team member: build on capacities & strengths

Trauma Informed Practice:

Principles

• Trauma Awareness

• Emphasis of Safety & Trustworthiness

• Opportunity for choice, collaboration and connection

• Strengths-based and Skill building

Creative

Flexible

Respect

Communication

Safe

Hope

Cultural competency

: Trauma-informed workplace

Deep democracy future-oriented transparency

empowering

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