September 17, 2019

From Ana Hristić, MA, LCSW, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon

In the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration definition of trauma informed care, there are the four Rs. The first R, “. . . realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery . . .” (SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, 2014 This concept is very important when thinking about trauma-informed work.

In our community listening sessions, we’ve received feedback from some members about providing a more comprehensive list of terms related to realizing the widespread impact of trauma. It’s felt that list would be valuable, inclusive, and honor the array of potentially toxic experiences that exist. Our team, including our volunteer Rebecca Saunders, has compiled a list of key terms along with live link citations.

We’d like to hear your thoughts. Please respond in the comments section below. Is there a term that is not listed? Is there a term you have a better reference for? Your expertise—that of lived and work experience—matters!

Following your feedback, we will start providing this handout during our Foundations of Trauma Informed Care trainings and encourage you to do the same!