By Andrea Cross
“Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.” -Trauma Informed Care Project
Trauma informed care basically means that the care provided is an informed understanding of what trauma does to a person’s brain and body - and knowing what this looks like emotionally and socially. It no longer asks, “What’s wrong with this person?” but “What happened to this person?” It is the foundation of both healing and recovery.
Keeping abreast in our work, ZOE sent our psychologist and childcare staff to Nakonayok Province to attend a Trauma Informed Care conference, organized by the Anti-Human Trafficking Division, Ministry of Social Welfare, and International Justice Mission (IJM). It was so wonderful to see that not only did they attend the conference, they had the opportunity to contribute their experience and knowledge as well.
Soon after the conference, the attendees returned to conduct a training here for all our ZOE childcare staff.