UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

Traumatic experiences can be terrifying, singular or multiple compounding events over time, and often include betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety. Trauma can result from experiences of violence. Trauma includes physical, sexual and institutional abuse, neglect, intergenerational trauma, and disasters that induce powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness, and a constant state of alert. Trauma impacts one’s spirituality and relationships with self, others, communities and environment, often resulting in recurring feelings of shame, guilt, rage, isolation, and disconnection. Healing is possible.

Being Trauma-informed is an approach to help engage people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Trauma informed care is one topic that has increasing interest in receiving training, especially around principles, practical application and resources. There is much work going on in Iowa around trauma informed care and our main goal is to create a common language of trauma.