Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

When you think about the signs of trauma, what do you imagine? Most people will think of someone curled up in a ball, alone, in a dark room, but that is more of a stereotype than reality. There are many signs and symptoms of trauma that are more subtle and you can be struggling with the effects of trauma without even realizing they are occurring. Because trauma can occur anytime our experience overwhelms our ability to cope you may even notice something is off but associate a trauma symptom with some other problem. Some outwardly obvious signs of trauma can …

Daniele Migliore

Trauma Touches Everyone

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

When we think of trauma, we think of the death of a loved one, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, war-related trauma or life altering illness/accidents. Trauma can also be triggered by those events that may not be typically seen as “traumatic” such as job loss, loss of friendship/relationship, financial struggles, death of a pet, bullying/harassment, natural disasters and as we have recently experienced, a pandemic such as COVID-19. Trauma can be caused by a single event or series of events, set of circumstances or chronic condition that a person experiences that is physically or emotionally harmful and may have …

Trauma is Subjective

Staff Perspectives

Recognizing that trauma is subjective, and believing people who have experienced trauma, is the foundation to providing trauma informed care. There are many benefits to providing trauma-informed care, both professionally and personally. Trauma-informed care is a proactive approach to safety, creates opportunities for choice, power, and control, and reduces the possibility of re-traumatization. Understanding that trauma is subjective means that just because you didn’t or wouldn’t experience trauma from a particular situation, doesn’t mean that somebody else didn’t or wouldn’t. Before we continue to talk about the subjectiveness of trauma, let’s first agree on a definition for trauma. Licensed Therapist …

Why is trauma informed care important?

Health and Wellness

Why is trauma informed care important? Being trauma-informed means understanding how trauma affects a person and knowing how to respond to someone who has experienced it. This includes trauma that affects the people we support, our co-workers and managers, and ourselves. People all experience and cope with trauma and stress differently. When people cope using wishful thinking, or hoping that things will get better without actually making an action plan, they can experience emotional exhaustion, compassion fatigue, burnout, and dissatisfaction in their work. According to research done in 2009 by Devereux, Hastings, Noone, Firth, & Totsika utilizing coping skills that …

Trauma informed care

Health and Wellness

We are a trauma informed agency Until recently trauma informed care did not focus on people with developmental disabilities but that is rapidly changing. The Arc of Monroe is taking a leadership position on this initiative and we are part of a collaborative team across the county. This model of care is very much in alignment with our core values. Did you know? People with Developmental Disabilities are 4X more likely to be exposed to trauma than those without disabilities Studies indicate that up 80% of women with disabilities may have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives …