Implementing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in SUD Treatment and Recovery-Oriented Systems
SAMHSA designated trauma-informed care as a best practice. Trauma-informed care is an organization- or system-wide approach, grounded in a deep understanding of trauma that emphasizes safety for both providers and survivors, empowerment for clients, and avoidance of practices that lead to re-traumatization. Trauma-informed care can also help reduce burnout among behavioral health care providers, potentially reducing staff turnover.
As stated by the Missouri Model for Trauma-Informed Care:
“The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A ‘trauma-informed approach’ is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes, and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time."
Implementing trauma-informed care is a multi-year process that often benefits from external facilitation and consultation. The goals of this multi-level transformation within an SUD treatment context are to create a culture that recognizes:
- The widespread prevalence of traumatic events on individuals, families, communities, and nations
- The impact, signs, and symptoms of trauma
- The need for integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
- The importance of actively resisting re-traumatization
Mid-America ATTC, in partnership with University Health’s Center for Trauma-Informed Innovation, is committed to providing SUD treatment and recovery-oriented organizations and providers with the technical assistance they need to create more trauma-informed cultures.
Levels of Technical Assistance (TA) for Trauma-Informed (TI) Support:
- The Missouri Model Principles of Trauma Informed Care
- The Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma Informed
- Trauma Informed Facilitator's Guide
- Trauma Informed Practices
For more information or to request Trauma-Informed Technical Assistance, please contact Dena Sneed at Dena.Sneed@uhkc.org.