What Every New Social Worker Needs To Know...Trauma Informed Care in Social Work

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TIC as a preventative measure

The causes, manifestations and management of trauma are complex. But TIC offers hope for prevention and treatment. I appreciate that your article gave me clarity about how TIC is a preventative approach. I initially thought that it was just reactive, responding to the needs of individuals and communities after a trauma occurred. Recognizing that past trauma can increase the chances of future trauma helps me to shift to a strength-based mindset. Rather than the focus solely being on the damage caused by a trauma, attention can be given to equipping clients with tools to prevent additional exposure to trauma and/or lessen the impact.

Over the past couple of years, I've been leaning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and how they have a lasting impact into adulthood. Implementing TIC has the potential to transform the lives of children now and in the future. There are already schools who have adopted trauma-informed or trauma-sensitive practices in their classrooms. In addition to legislative advocacy, the high incidences of ACE in many U.S. cities warrants childhood trauma being deemed as a public health crisis. This way it could be addressed more aggressively and with multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Nicole W more than 5 years ago

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