Principles of Trauma Informed Care
Many principles, values, and beliefs have been used to guide TIC practice. Those listed below are well accepted in the field. TIO has also created a resource about the principles of trauma informed care to help you learn more.
Trauma Awareness: Those who are trauma informed will understand the prevalence and impact of trauma among their service recipients and within the workforce. Policy and practice reflect this awareness and may be supported with activities such as screening and assessments.
Safety: Policy and practice reflect a commitment to provide physical and emotional safety for service recipients and staff.
Choice & Empowerment: to facilitate healing and avoid re-traumatization, choice and empowerment are part of trauma informed service delivery, for both service recipients and staff.
Strengths Based: With a focus on strength and resilience, service recipients and staff build skills that will help them move in a positive direction.
(Hopper, Bassuk, & Olivet, 2010)