Understanding Trauma

Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual, family, or community,  It is processed as being physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and has lasting adverse effects on the ability to function, and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Trauma can stem from a variety of adverse life experiences- from homelessness, mental illness, abuse, neglect, and more.

Trauma impacts a wide verity of functioning and has deep rooted impact. Trauma informed care, also known as a trauma informed approach, centers around the concept of “it’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what had happened to you,” and recognizes that many symptoms of trauma are coping mechanism for survival.

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Trauma informed care

Our families reside in shelter programs, or income based housing. They reside 125 percent or more below the poverty line. They are trauma-impacted by homelessness, abuse, mental illness, hiv/aids, severe medical diseases (such as cancer), parent incarceration, and more.

Trauma informed care, also known as a trauma informed approach, centers around the concept of “it’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what had happened to you,” and recognizes that many symptoms of trauma are coping mechanism for survival. Trauma informed care is anchored by the 4 R’s:

A trauma-informed approach (the 4 R’s)

  1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
  2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma
  3. Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
  4. Resists re-traumatization
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Healing Centered Engagement

Trauma informed care is based around the concept that trauma resides in your brain and body, and is the seed for the tree of symptoms to sprout from. Healing centered engagement goes a step further. It recognizes the importance of identity in trauma recovery, and the shared experience that is culture. Healing centered engagement is designed to help discover and strengthen purpose, passion, and identity outside of trauma itself. It allows for not only trauma recovery, but for people to be their creators of their own well being and identity post trauma, and minimizes the narrative of feeling like a victim.

We pair trauma informed care and healing centered engagement to respond to long term and reoccurring trauma in order to create resilience, healing, and self sustainability. Our programs break down are designed around healing, and empowering our youth and families to bridge the gap between who they are today and they want to be tomorrow.