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SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

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  • Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:27
  • Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:27
  • Written by Lydia Richard

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:

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.


Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support

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  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Sunday, 03 June 2012 23:01
  • Written by Lydia Richard

This guide was created by the National Center on Trauma-Informed Care as a technical assistance document to help make trauma-informed peer support available to women who receive or have received services in behavioral health or other human service systems. It is designed as a resource for peer supporters in these or other settings who want to learn how to integrate trauma-informed principles into their relationships with the women they support or into the peer support groups of which they are members. The goal is to provide peer supporters—both male and female— with the understanding, tools, and resources needed to engage in culturally responsive, trauma-informed peer support relationships with women.
The guide can be downloaded as a single file (8MB) or chapter by chapter through the links below.

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook (entire document)

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook (chapter-by-chapter)
Front and back covers
Table of Contents and Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices
Chapter 2. Am I a Trauma Survivor?
Chapter 3. Peer Support Fundamentals
Chapter 4. Gender Politics and the Criminalization of Women
Chapter 5. Culture and Trauma
Chapter 6. Religion, Spirituality, and Trauma
Chapter 7. Trauma-Informed Peer Support Across the Lifespan
Chapter 8. Trauma and Peer Support Relationships
Chapter 9. Self-Awareness and Self-Care
Chapter 10. Organizational Context: Working in Systems
Chapter 11. Trauma-Informed Storytelling and Other Healing Practices
Chapter 12. Self-Inflicted Violence and Peer Support
Chapter 13. Reclaiming Power Through Social Action


Trauma Resources

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  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 12:38
  • Written by Lydia Richard

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma is SAMHSA's self-help guide for coping with trauma. The step-by-step manual begins with suggestions for making small changes—keeping a journal, developing an everyday routine, working out—to improve mood and functioning. Next comes the "healing journey," a list of goals for long-term growth and recuperation. The guide contains helpful resources and tips for finding service providers close to home.

Kim Kubal created Strength to Heal, a Web site based on her four-part book for trauma, abuse, addiction, and PTSD survivors. The site has information for clinicians and caregivers that explores patient–provider relationships, spirituality, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. Each healing tool is a resource Kim has used to facilitate her recovery from severe trauma and co-occurring disorders.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are ten categories of abuse, neglect, or loss certain kids have been subjected to before their 18th birthday. The ACE Response site integrates research on prevention and intervention with proven treatment strategies to promote best practices for recovery. ACE's Restorative Integral Support is a roadmap for program, community, and workplace development that uses social networking to give consumers a real voice and connection to helpful resources.

Trauma and Justice

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  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Monday, 19 September 2011 13:50
  • Written by Lydia Richard

Trauma and Justice: Treatment and Recovery Through the Delivery of Behavioral Health Services  

Examines the need to address trauma in the delivery of treatment and recovery services for people with substance abuse and mental disorders. Covers screening for trauma-related problems and suggests interventions and support services to ensure recovery.

Childhood Trauma Linked to Higher Rates of Mental Health Problems and Obesity

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  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:19
  • Written by Lydia Richard  June 8, 2011 

New research has shown that children’s risk for learning and behavior problems and obesity rises in correlation to their level of trauma exposure, says the psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who oversaw the study. The findings could encourage physicians to consider diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder rather than attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which has similar symptoms to PTSD but very different treatment.
The study examined children living in a violent, low-income neighborhood and documented an unexpectedly strong link between abuse, trauma and neglect and the children’s mental and physical health: It reported, for instance, that children experiencing four types of trauma were 30 times more likely to have behavior and learning problems than those not exposed to trauma.
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