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Trauma Informed Practice

Defining what we mean by Trauma

Trauma refers to experiences that cause intense physical and pyschological stress reactions. This may be from a single event, multiple events or a set of circumstances experienced by an individualas physically and emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse affects on the individuals physical, social and emotional, or spiritual wellbeing.

(Adapted from SAMSHA 2014)

To read more about trauma please visit www.samhsa.gov/search_results?k=trauma 

 

What is Trauma Informed Practice?

Trauma Informed Practice is a way of increasing the understanding of trauma and its impact through supporting development of skills and knowledge throughout the workforce. Trauma Informed Practice also recognises the correlation between trauma and poorer outcomes which may be caused by the direct impact of the trauma, the impact of the trauma on a person’s coping response or the impact of the trauma on a person’s relationships with others.

 

Benefits of Trauma Informed Practice

There are a number of benefits of working in a trauma informed way for staff, organisations and also the service users:

  • Support the identification of need and lead to improved outcomes for those affected by trauma (staff and service users/clients)
  • Knowledge and application of a trauma informed lens
  • Understanding the ethos: what has happened?
  • Building relationships and promoting skills in self-regulation
  • Early intervention to support and help - bridging the gap through understanding of learning and behaviour
  • Implications for positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Wider implications for staff and service user wellbeing

 

Trauma Informed Practice Training Resources 

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland is working with partners to develop a trauma informed practice training resource that will be available in the Autumn of 2019. The training resource will support staff working with children or adults who are experiencing trauma as a result of childhood adversity.

 

Other helpful and practical trauma informed practice learning tools have been provided below: