Trauma-informed services are aware of and sensitive to trauma-related issues for survivors. Trauma is seen as a defining and organizing experience that can shape the core of an individual’s identity and often has lifelong impacts on both mental and physical health. Childhood abuse and neglect and exposure to multiple interpersonal traumas have pervasive effects on brain development, on sense of self and relationships with the world.
Since 2003 BCN has been assisting providers to create positive change in the treatment experience of trauma survivors, using a variety of mechanisms including provider training, universal screening for trauma history, development and funding of trauma peer support, consumer-driven crisis planning, staff-consumer dialogues within agencies, and monitoring of satisfaction through our annual consumer survey.
There are a variety of resources about trauma informed care and few are provided below.