Trauma Informed Care is an important best practice model for all social workers to understand. Unfortunately, it is very theoretical, making it difficult to discern what Trauma Informed Care means for daily work of programs and social workers. Information about Trauma Informed Care is readily available these days. Sifting through the information to determine not only what is relevant but what to do with it can be difficult. Breaking the Trauma Informed Care concepts down to practical do’s and don’ts is important in discerning what it all means for daily work with program participants, staff and colleagues. Self-care for the provider is also important in providing direct care and other social work services. Research in trauma, neuropsychology, positive psychology and other disciplines identify several approaches to self-care that help mitigate stress, trauma, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burn-out. Understanding how we are affected, as well as how we can care well for ourselves and others, will undoubtedly help us lead and shape the future together.LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- Define the 4 R’s of Trauma Informed Care
- Describe the Universal Precautions approach to Trauma Informed Care
- Identify at least 4 Dos & Don’ts in your Trauma Informed Work with participants
- Identify at least 1 thing to do for better Self Care.