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Adjusting our approach to meet people where they are at not where we think they should be

The trauma lens is crucial


A adversity, culturally, dissociation, and trauma-informed organisational lens acknowledges & advocates that “trauma-informed” practice is so much more than a buzz word, a one-off training event, a fruit bowl being placed in a reception area, an adapted policy collecting dust on a shelf, or a tick-box exercise. It is more about meaningful multi-layered whole-system wide change. This focuses on supporting, creating, embedding, & sustaining cultural & paradigm shifts & transformation across all levels of the organisation.

This shift & vision recognizes the prevalence, & multi-layered impact of trauma & adversity at an individual, family, societal, & organisational level; as well as the crucial parallel processes which can occur within & between these systems. Therefore, culturally, adversity, and trauma-informed and responsive organisational transformation focuses on humanizing systems & making them healthier, more relational, more integrated, more reflective, & more connected. It is about changing how systems do what they do, & who they are- their very fabric. This also includes embodying & infusing adversity, culturally, dissociation, and trauma-informed ideas & practices into everyday practice, into the feeling of the place, & into the whole system; from policies to supervision, to team meetings to the language used, to recruitment procedures, to the physical environment, & so forth.... 

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Trauma informed care uses a lens that doesn't ask what is wrong with you but instead what has happened to you. It avoids pathological blame and comes from a place of compassion and empathy