What does it take to be trauma-informed?
Becoming trauma informed is a constant journey of checking in, adjusting, and approaching all parties with compassion. It takes ongoing internal assessments and the willingness to change.
Trauma-informed touch follows six guiding principals (adapted from SAMHSA*) that can be woven through all your client interactions:
* Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.
"Be the best warm, helpful, engaged human with a skill set to offer that you can be. Be patient and use all your acute, well-honed listening skills, as best as you possibly can."
- Diane Jacobs, DermoNeuroModulation