Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care

Key Questions Answered
  • What is trauma-informed care?
  • What are the steps health care organizations can take to transition to a trauma-informed approach?
Key Themes and Takeaways

This brief offers practical recommendations for health care organizations interested in providing trauma-informed care. Experts recommend that when transitioning to a trauma-informed approach, a health care organization should start with organizational changes before implementing clinical changes. Foundational steps include:

  • Building awareness and generating buy-in for a trauma-informed approach;
  • Supporting a culture of staff wellness;
  • Hiring a workforce that embodies the values of trauma-informed care; and
  • Creating a safe physical, social, and emotional environment. 
Meryl Schulman
Christopher Menschner
Population Addressed
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
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