Trauma Informed Clinical Services
SAVED Foundation was founded because of our founder's personal experience with a history of family trauma. Our foundation is to educate others on the affects of trauma and develop tools to help break cycles of trauma and negative generational behavioral patterns. After 8 years of conceptions, we're excited to move closer towards our mission and creating a culture of trauma informed care as we continue serving survivors of abuse and trauma. Trauma informed care is an approach that aims to engage people with histories of trauma, recognize the presence of trauma symptoms, and acknowledge the role that trauma has played in their lives. We’ve implemented trauma informed care principle, actions and practices.
Trauma informed care is grounded in and directed by a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects of trauma and the prevalence of these experiences in persons who seek and receive mental health services. It takes into account knowledge about trauma — its impact, interpersonal dynamic, and paths to recovery — and incorporates this knowledge into all aspects of service delivery. Trauma informed care also recognizes that traditional service approaches can re-traumatize consumers and family members. Additionally, trauma informed care is a person-centered response focused on improving an individuals’ all around wellness rather than simply treating symptoms of mental illness.
Trauma informed care is about creating a culture built on six core principles:
Trauma Understanding: through knowledge and understanding trauma and stress we can act compassionately and take well-informed steps towards wellness.
Safety & Security: increasing stability in our daily lives and having core physical and emotional safety needs met can minimize our stress reactions and allow us to focus our resources on wellness.
Cultural Humility & Responsiveness – when we are open to understanding cultural differences and respond to them sensitively, we make each other feel understood and wellness is enhanced.
Compassion & Dependability – when we experience compassionate and dependable relationships, we re-establish trusting connections with others that fosters mutual wellness.
Collaboration& Empowerment – when we are prepared for and given real opportunities to make choices for ourselves and our care, we feel empowered and can promote our own wellness.
Resilience & Recovery – when we focus on our strengths and clear steps we can take toward wellness, we are more likely to be resilient and recover.
A majority of persons served in public mental health and substance abuse systems have experienced trauma and have been severely impacted by these experiences. Neglecting to address trauma can have huge implications for the effectiveness of mental health treatment and short-and long-term wellness of the individual (more about the trauma and mental health).