Individuals can experience trauma in a variety of ways, but their recovery will be improved when supported by a trauma-informed community. The hallmark characteristics of a trauma-informed community will be similar regardless of its type, which may include a school, a neighborhood group, a circle of friends, or any other supportive organization. Leading traumatologists like Bessel van der Kolk, Babette Rothschild, Robert Macy, Charles Figley, Don Catherall, Robert Anda, and Vincent Felitti have identified a number of aspects they’ve seen across trauma-informed communities.
What are the key traits of a trauma-informed community?
As communities seek to cultivate these trauma-informed practices, they express a sense of living in the world that directly counters trauma by acknowledging the truth of what has happened and creating a safe space to heal.
*These traits are adapted for from a template provided by St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc., for providing trauma-informed care and based on the works of Bessel van der Kolk, Babette Rothschild, Robert Macy, Charles Figley, Don Catherall, Robert Anda, and Vincett Felitti.
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