Trauma Infomed Care: Resources
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OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION


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  Definitions & Terminology

The following resources are available to learn more about trauma and trauma informed care. Please read, use, and share them with others at home, at school, in the workplace, and in your community.

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Trauma
A person's response to something (an experience, a sensation, an event) that is distressing, disturbing, or life-threatening.

Trauma Informed Care
A perspective and behaviour shift rooted in the understanding and consideration of the pervasive nature of trauma. TIC is when we engage with each other or treat someone in a manner that promotes an environment of healing and recovery rather than practices and services that may inadvertently cause or re-traumatize. Trauma informed care is rooted in the following principles: Safety; Trustworthiness and Transparency; Collaboration and Mutuality; Peer Support; Empowerment, Voice, and Choice; Addressing Cultural Historical and Gender Issues. (SAMHSA)

 

Signs of Trauma

  • Sweating or shivering
  • Physical sensitivity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tremors
  • Easily startled
  • Sudden outburts of anger or rage
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Increased heartbeat, blood pressure
  • Feeling foggy, blurry, floaty
  • Detachment
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Feeling unreal (depersonalization)
  • Emotional fragility
  • Extreme fatigue or exhaustion
  • Nausea/stomach ache
  • Flashbacks

  Grounding Techniques

Grounding exercises are short activities that can help us manage intrusive thoughts when we are reminded of our traumatic experiences. The purpose of doing a grounding exercise is to bring us to the present moment and to distance ourselves from the negative thoughts, memories, or flashbacks.

The 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique


54321 Ground Techniques Infographic

54321 Ground Techniques Infographic

  Build Your Trauma Informed Care Tool Box!

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Trauma Informed Care Glossary Preview

Trauma Informed Care Glossary

This glossary was developed with the intention of creating an accessible resource where people can find definitions of terms related to trauma, violence, and trauma informed care. The goal is to build a shared understanding and language. Trauma informed care is usually something people associate with the clinical field, as something that only matters to mental health providers and their interactions with clients. The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) believes that a trauma informed approach is important for everyone.

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Trauma Informed Care Glossary Preview

Best Practices for Hosting Trauma Informed Meetings

An essential part of becoming more trauma informed, is bringing best practices to life in all spaces, including when we host meetings and presentations. Including some or all of these practices is recommended for fostering a space of safety, empowerment, and value.

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Video


NHS Lanarkshire EVA Services - Trauma and the Brain: Understanding abuse survivors responses. This animation is for any professional working with a service user when GBV is a feature in the case.


 

Ready to learn more about Trauma Informed Care? Check out these pages:


 

For more information, please contact:

Hannah Denyer (she/her)
Trauma Informed Care Specialist
hdenyer@ph.lacounty.gov


  
 
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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