“A trauma-informed care approach is a system-wide approach to addressing adversity that underlies much suffering and its impact on relationships” (Kennedy, 2020). It involves “a service model guided by knowledge of what is needed for healing from emotional and psychological wounds.” (Kennedy, 2020). It is committed to creating a culture of thoughtfulness and communication, with people continuously doing their best to learn about, and adapt to, the different and changing needs of the individuals the work with.
A TIC philosophy applies to all our work within the integrated care systems. Everybody has a responsibility for helping people to heal from adversity they have experienced in their lives.
This is any level of adversity in life which has detrimentally impacted upon the person. (NB. It is important to note that the impact of adversity is not deterministic of suffering. People who experience adversity should not be automatically thought to experience suffering – this would be anti-TIC. Some people experience psychological growth after adversity.)
The video below is a recording of a webinar on TIC which took place in July 2021.
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Everybody in the Integrated Care System (ICS) is able to recognise:
An understanding of the person’s difficulties based on “what has happened to you?”, rather than “what is wrong with you?”. Difficulties are understood as an understandable response to what has happened (“survival strategy”).
Pathways within the integrated care system based on knowledge of what is needed for healing from emotional and psychological wounds. This needs to include:
An approach within integrated care systems (ICS) based on:
Integrated Care Systems which recognise the potential for causing harm (re-traumatising people). Trauma can be caused and perpetrated by services and institutions. Thus, Integrated Care Systems need mechanisms in place to avoid this including:
ecognition that organisations and teams are traumatised and develop survival strategies. Emotional and psychological safety needs to be offered to all service providers and practitioners. (NB. This needs to take account of the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic).
Commitment to evidencing the process and value of TIC via evaluation/research.