SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of “SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach” now available on the SAMHSA store:http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA14-4884?from=carousel&position=4&date=09032014.
This paper is in response to and recognition of the impact of trauma on many sectors in behavioral health and beyond. SAMHSA aims to provide a viable framework that can be used to support its consumers, communities, and stakeholders in the work they do. The Concept Paper lays out SAMSHA’s framework for trauma and how an organization, system, service sector can become trauma-informed. It integrates the perspectives or researchers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of trauma. It includes a definition of trauma (“The Three Es”), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (“The Four Rs”), 6 key principles, and 10 implementation domains. The paper also includes a matrix of sample questions, across implementation domains and key principles, to help agencies being to think about implementing a trauma-informed approach. SAMHSA encourages individuals and organizations, across service-sectors and systems, to examine how an understanding of trauma and implementation of a trauma-informed approach will benefit all stakeholders.