Through the years, the United States has begun to acknowledge the importance of how trauma-informed care and approaches are to the systems across the Country.
Sadly, we live in a very traumatized society, the providers, as well as the people that we work with, are re-traumatized in our systems. We are "reactive to crisis" rather than being "responsive". Over the years of receiving training after training, we began to have conversations with others who also knew that things needed to change in our system!
We understood that trauma was prevalent and that every person we meet with may have experiences of trauma. We can explain the principles of voice and choice and quote the “data”. What was left out was the practice to embody the principles and implement them in life, work, and spaces. Something needed to be done!
The need for understanding "trauma-informed care" and being a TraumaAWARE person and a TraumaAWARE system are very different.
Trauma-Informed Care is the “What and the Why”
Trauma AWARE is the “How”
TraumaAWARE Care is a way of being, it is both an internal and external awareness. It requires deep self-reflection and self-AWAREness, as well as an embodiment of the principles reflected in who you are as a person, how you interact with others, and how you represent yourself in your workplace and the community.
It is having self-AWAREness and recognizing your part and using your influence to ensure TraumaAWARE environments.
Once you are AWARE of trauma activation, communication becomes different with everyone around, it broadens your TraumaAWARE lens, you begin exploring ways to create TraumaAWARE environments for everyone and begin to realize that every person likely has trauma. Trauma is not linear and every person's capacity to handle trauma is different, any activation could be a trauma reaction.
You see a crisis as an opportunity for connection and learning opportunities! To be TraumaAWARE is the paradigm shift to be inclusive of not only the “What and Why” but the missing piece is the “How”
We are all agents of change in our communities and workplaces on a systemic level, using Trauma AWAREness provides the "How".
Fawn Preston Founder
Angel Prater Co-Founder
Compassionate Addiction and Recovery Services