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What is Trauma-Informed?

Trauma-informed approaches use the best scientific evidence available to build community and individual resilience, healing, engagement, and empowerment. Through a comprehensive and prevention-focused approach, rooted in trauma-informed principles and leveraging cross-sector partnerships, policymakers can address many of our society's greatest problems by actually getting at the root of the problem: trauma.

Trauma-informed policy and practices shift the focus from
"What's wrong with...?" to"What happened to...?" to "What's strong with...?"

Trauma-Informed Systems

REALIZE

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The widespread impact of trauma + possible plans for recovery

RECOGNIZE

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The signs & symptoms of trauma

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RESPOND

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By integrating trauma science + knowledge into policies & practices

RESIST

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Re-traumatization by protecting against dynamics that may replicate trauma

Trauma-Informed Principles

1) SAFETY

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• physical & psychological safety is considered & prioritized

• adaptive skills related to preserving safety are understood as protective and resourceful

4) COLLABORATION & MUTUALITY

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• meaningful opportunities for the sharing of decision-making & power are created

• culture of doing
with vs. to or for

2) TRUST & TRANSPARENCY

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• decisions are made and processes
are conducted transparently
• building trust is prioritized &
intentional efforts are made

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5) EMPOWERMENT VOICE & CHOICE

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• cultural stereotypes, oppression, & biases are intentionally addressed
• recognition of cultural, historical, racial, historical, & collective trauma
• factors of cultural resilience are
honored & mobilized for healing

3) PEER SUPPORT

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• individuals, family, group, &
community strengths are validated & built upon
• capacity-building is prioritized
• belief in resiliency, healing, & trauma recovery

6) CULTURAL, HISTORIAL & GENDER ISSUESโ€‹

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• voices of lived experience are
valued & amplified
• mutual self-help/peer support are valued to recovery & growth
• opportunities exist for fellowship, solidarity, & healing

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Resources & Citations

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