Moving Beyond Trauma Informed

Back in 2009, the phrase trauma informed was something I was beginning to hear about. Since then, the classification of agencies, programs and organizations as trauma informed has become for the human service world what organic is to the food world. That is to say, trauma informed agencies, programs and practices must meet certain criteria. They are required to educate their staff on important considerations like the prevalence of trauma in society, signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress, how and why persons with trauma can be triggered or re-traumatized by well-meaning care providers, and some tools and practices for minimizing re-traumatization. When an agency identifies itself as tra