Trauma-Informed Care Philosophy

Trauma-Informed Care Philosophy

Family & Children’s Center’s expert prevention and intervention techniques can help mitigate the effects of trauma for children, families, and individuals through our emphasis on delivering Trauma-Informed Care across all programs. Below is the Trauma-Informed Care Philosophy statement that is in place for our continuum of care.

Short Version:

Family & Children’s Center recognizes how widespread traumatic experiences are in our society and how those experiences impact one’s overall health and well-being. Trauma impacts all of us: our coworkers, those we serve, and ourselves personally. As a result, we must treat everyone with the care that assumes they may have experienced trauma. With that in mind, Family & Children’s Center operates with a trauma informed philosophy that embraces the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, guiding us towards our mission of strengthening families and promoting individual well-being.

Long Version:

Family & Children’s Center recognizes how widespread traumatic experiences are in our society and how those experiences impact one’s overall health and well-being. Trauma impacts all of us: our coworkers, those we serve, and ourselves personally. As a result, we must treat everyone with the care that assumes they may have experienced trauma. With that in mind, Family & Children’s Center operates with a trauma informed philosophy that embraces the Five Primary Trauma-Informed Care Guiding Principles identified by Fallot and Harris (2006):

Safety –The setting and interactions are physically and psychologically safe.

Trustworthiness and Transparency –Ensuring trustworthiness through clarity and consistency.

Choice –Strengthening staff’s, participants’, and families’ experience of choice through active participation in decision-making regarding services.

Collaboration and Mutuality –Recognition that healing happens in relationships and meaningful sharing of power.

Empowerment – An individual’s strengths are recognized, built on and validated.

This philosophy and these principles guide Family & Children’s Center towards our mission of serving children, families, and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being.