Most people who receive public mental health and addictions services are survivors of trauma, including violence, disasters, and other events or circumstances that are experienced as harmful or threatening. Research shows that these events can have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. This pre-conference training will:
- Introduce participants to the core concepts and values of trauma-informed culture change.
- Describe ways in which trauma-informed approaches can be implemented in a range of service settings, including mental health inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings; addiction treatment facilities; justice settings including police interventions, courtrooms, and jails and prisons; schools and juvenile justice facilities; homeless services, and primary care settings.
- Identify expected outcomes of trauma-informed approaches, including reduced use of crisis and other emergency behavioral health services, prevention of seclusion and restraint, and increased engagement in services.
- Explore effective strategies to engage peers in service planning, policy development, and providing effective trauma-informed services.
- Discuss concrete strategies for agencies across service systems to become more trauma-informed, including environmental changes, staff empowerment, “rule-busting,” and sensory-based strategies.