Trauma-informed practice means integrating an understanding of past and current experiences of violence and trauma into all aspects of service delivery. The goal of trauma-informed systems is to avoid re-traumatizing individuals and support safety, choice, and control in order to promote healing.
This two-page handout describes the four principles of trauma informed practice:
- Trauma Awareness
- Safety and Trustworthiness
- Choice, Collaboration, and Connection
- Strengths based and Skill-building
The handout also includes questions for discussion and reflection to help put the principles into action.