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Paradigm Shift

Trauma-Informed care perspective is primarily about "What happened to you?" This point of view is an "injury" model and contrasts with the medical model's message: "What's wrong with you?" 

The purely medical model is focused on “illness”; it promotes “I’m the expert who will treat you”. It’s based on symptoms and medication as treatment. This is often re-traumatizing for the client.

A Trauma-Informed thinker primarily pays close attention to their client's social history and its after-effects. The focus is on recovery and resiliency. The client's experience is affirmed and validated. Call Cathy

Trauma-Informed Thinking?

Trauma-Informed thinking is rooted in compassion and a recognition that all humans experience trauma. It requires a paradigm shift that includes a change of heart and mind for those who have been trained in the purely medical model. 

A Trauma-Informed thinker recognizes that all humans possess strengths and as survivors, have demonstrated courage with resilience. Victimization is validated but individuals' assets are utilized in an empowerment process at every level of support.

Have you received Trauma-Informed training at your practice setting but don't feel confident applying the principles? Cathy's approach is practical and focuses on your needs as a therapist, case-manager, administrator or other position. Cathy knows that your self-care is vital to your ability to work with a trauma-informed mind. Contact Cathy to learn how consultation and training can help you find success in your work.

What May Improve?

When Trauma-Informed thinking is applied to organizations, large or small, many things can change. 

These include

Assessment: focus on experience vs symptoms

Diagnosis: used as a framework for treatment 

Treatment: person-centered, progressive

Medication: judicious use; not first-line of defense

Outcome: the person being served is in charge

In addition, those professionals involved in care, whether clinical or administrative are asked to pay attention to their own self-care. TI organizations seek to support their staff to address compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious traumatization. The organization is accountable for setting the example in practicing TI care.


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