Trauma Informed

Trauma Informed Care

What is Trauma Informed Care?

Trauma informed care is an inclusive framework focused on recognizing and responding to the prevalence and effects of trauma. Trauma informed services are shifting the culture from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Trauma informed care is acknowledging that a person’s response is connected to how they learned to cope with the often overwhelming and emotional experiences in their childhood, and responding to them compassionately, not punitively.

CSU Chico TIC Mission statement: to develop and integrate a comprehensive, effective trauma informed approach to student life and student success and to cultivate academic and supportive systems which understand and help mitigate the impact of trauma on individuals and communities at CSU Chico and beyond. 

Where do we start as campus community?

“An organization or system which is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.” 
(SAMHSA, July 2014) 

  1. Realize - all people at all levels in the campus community should have a basic realization about trauma and its effects son individuals, families, and communities. Students, staff, and faculty’s response to trauma should be understood in the context of coping strategies designed to deal with past or present experiences.

  2. Recognize - students, staff, and faculty should be trained to recognize the signs of trauma. 

  3. Response - campus community should develop a universal trauma-informed systemic approach by creating ACEs screening tools in health and mental health settings and providing trauma focused services. Also, reevaluating campus mission statements, policies and procedures, strategies plans, and ongoing practices through a trauma informed lens.

  4. Resist re-traumatization - it is critical that all areas of the campus be trained in trauma informed practices in order to prevent triggering or re-traumatizing survivors of trauma, which include students, staff, and faculty.