What’s the Big Deal About Trauma?
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Many organizations today are under a lot of pressure to become “trauma-informed”. What does being trauma-informed actually mean? Why is it so important? What is trauma about anyway? Research shows us that those who impact the lives of children, adolescents and adults have the power to prevent further trauma as well as to respond effectively to trauma-related behaviors. It is essential for us to become trauma-informed if we are going to effectively address the devastation that trauma imposes on human life.
- Define trauma and its impact
- Describe the causes and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma
- Explain what being trauma-informed means for organizations and individuals
Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. She is also the Founder of Creating Presence, an online organizational approach for creating trauma-informed systems. Dr. Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author or co-author of a series of books on trauma-informed care. She is currently co-chairing CTIPP – The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, a national organization whose goal is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, local and tribal levels that incorporate up-to-date scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma across the lifespan and many social and health problems.