“Trauma-informed care” requires supporters to recognize, understand, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma is defined by Nancy Smyth, professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work as “…a wide range of situations where people are physically threatened, hurt or violated, or when they witness others in these situations.” Trauma may also result from the experience of a natural disaster, life-threatening illness, and death of someone close, especially sudden death.
This article was originally written for the DDS Safety Net Newsletter by Nora J. Baladerian. You will find the complete article here and a resource list here.
Part 1 Trauma Informed Support and the Path to Healing with Dr Karyn Harvey, PhD.
This is part one of a 2 part series on Trauma Informed Care for the direct supporter of people with disabilities. Recorded Jan 12 and 13, 2021.