Trauma Informed Care
Region 3 believes every person can recover from the challenges of mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Recovery can be a long journey, and we want to be a partner with you on this journey.
Therefore, consumers will be welcomed without judgment, respected for their many strengths, and supported throughout their recovery process.
Region 3 is striving to become a trauma informed care organization. We are committed to:
- Choice, Voice, and Control
- Collaboration, sharing power
- Empowerment - building on individual's strengths, experiences, expertise and enhancing new skill development
- Trustworthiness, consistency, and transparency
Many people experience trauma in their lives. Trauma can come in many forms and is often defined as an experience of violence and victimization through emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, domestic violence, a life threatening medical illness, and/or the witnessing of violence, terrorism or disasters.
Trauma-informed care is an approach that engages people who have experienced trauma, recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.
Trauma informed care provides a new perspective shifting from asking "What is wrong with you?" to "What has happened to you?"
As an agency Region 3 is committed to developing a culture of physical and emotional safety for everyone: clients, their families and staff alike.
- Having the belief and understanding that everyone is born with the capacity for progressive development, but that this capacity can be derailed by overwhelming life stressors and traumatic experiences. As a result of these events, individuals may develop maladaptive coping skills that make sense in the context of the history. This is true for clients, their family members, as well as staff members at all levels of the agency.
- Surfacing and resolving conflicts.
- Promoting and valuing honest communication.
- Respecting everyone's feelings and perspectives, even when they differ.
- Maintaining and supporting emotional regulation for self and others.
- Extending kindness and compassion while maintaining healthy boundaries.
- Working from a strength-based approach that honors the belief that everyone is doing the best he or she knows how.
- Having and cultivating a fun attitude with one another about whatever has to be done, as well as doing whatever has to be done with a sense of enjoyment!
- Using group process, group problem solving, and creative problem-solving, whenever feasible, for resolution of shared problems.
Finding Your ACE Score
Learn More About the ACE Study
Network of Care
Trauma Informed Care: Resources and Information
SAMHSA - National Center for Trauma Informed Care
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services
For Trainers Only
Training Follow-up Form ( Word || PDF )