We are all shaped by our experiences, and nothing leaves a more lasting impact than trauma. Trauma, defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience, leaves a physical impression on the brain altering normal responses. We has humans have all experienced some form of trauma in our lives such as shock, distress, pain, suffering, grief, or heartache.
Recognizing that most of our clients have experienced or are experiencing trauma, SVDP is adopting a Trauma-Informed Care model as the philosophy of care. The foundation of Trauma-Informed Care is treating everyone with respect as individuals and families. Once we are operating with a trauma informed filter, we may better meet clients where they are.
We are committed to training all employees and volunteers on the unique needs of those in our care. All SVDP Homeless Services staff completed Trauma-Informed Care training this summer. We are excited to team up with Aetna Better Health of Maryland to provide Trauma-Informed Care training as part of orientation. The Trauma-Informed Care training will help staff recognize the effect of trauma on clients while being mindful of the trauma he or she has experienced.