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Trauma-informed practice: overarching themes and patterns in becoming trauma-informed
Kyle Poon (author)Linda O'Neill (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)John Sherry (Committee member)Aaron Bond (Committee member)
Master of Education (MEd)
Number of pages in document: 49
Services can do undue harm to clients when there is a lack of understanding of the effects of trauma from various adverse life events on an individual’s functioning. A trauma-informed organization provides care, compassion, and respect toward clients and staff with the understanding that each individual may have experienced trauma in their lifetime. The goal of a trauma-informed organization is to meet clients who have lived through trauma where they are at in their healing journey and prevent re-traumatization. My project focused on elucidating the main themes that are pertinent for an organization to become trauma-informed. I utilized content analysis to examine five traumainformed organizations’ guidebooks from health, child-welfare, education, counselling, and community housing service sectors and created a trauma-informed guidebook. My guidebook outlines eight trauma-informed themes – safety, trust, collaboration, choice, culture, staff, listening, and resiliency – and examples of these themes in practice from the aforementioned service contexts.