Trauma-informed Social Workers appreciate how common trauma is, and that trauma can affect psychosocial development and lifelong coping strategies.
Social Workers emphasise participants strengths instead of focusing on pathology, and work on building healthy skills rather than simply addressing symptoms
Social Workers recognise that the connection and trust is needed in a therapeutic relationship, and this requires a compassionate and respectful way of engaging with participants
What are the benefits of providing trauma-informed care?
There are several benefits to using a trauma-informed approach.
Many clients with trauma have difficulty maintaining healthy, open relationships with a providers. For clients, trauma-informed care offers the opportunity to engage more fully in their care, develop a trusting relationship with their provider, and improve long-term outcomes. Trauma-informed care can also help reduce burnout among providers, potentially reducing staff turnover.
Components of Trauma Informed Practice:
Safe relationships are consistent, predictable, and nonshaming
Warm and welcoming surroundings will create a sense of serenity and safety
Respectful language, boundaries, and understanding of power can establish and model safe and appropriate limits
Trust is foundational for establishing a healthy personality
Social work practice is genuine and authentic
When basic needs for safety, respect, and acceptance are understood, an atmosphere of trust can be established
Social workers help identify options and alternatives and guiding clients in their own informed decision making
As we learn and practice new skills, we increase our repertoire of available choices.
Promoting and reinforcing autonomy and self-determination, can transform from a place of powerlessness to a survivor who directs life decisions and outcomes
A collaborative relationship is one in which the worker’s professional knowledge is combined with the client’s expertise in their life
Using the helping relationship as a therapeutic tool, the collaborative partnership facilitates connection
Instead of asking “What’s wrong with you?” we ask “What has happened to you?”
By reframing trauma responses as normal reactions to threatening encounters, we help clients to achieve a sense of control in one’s daily life.