Gateway is not only using the best practices Trauma Informed Care model with its clients, but members of the Gateway staff are sharing their knowledge with social workers throughout Alabama. They have already provided sixteen courses providing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and have eight more classes scheduled through April.
Trauma Informed Care begins with the understanding that being beaten, neglected and otherwise abused gives you a different perspective on life. Continued on next page…The kids in Gateway’s Intensive Residential Treatment program often come from that kind of background, and have lived in seven to 20 different places before finally coming to us. It’s no wonder they struggle with behavioral and mental issues.
This form of treatment evolved when the United States Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) brought together providers, clinicians, researchers and individuals who had suffered trauma to explore how to best treat the whole person, not just specific behaviors. After years of research and refinement, the Trauma Informed Care model emerged as a Best Practices approach to helping the victims of trauma learn to live healthy lives.
In the past two years, the entire Intensive Residential Treatment staff has been trained in Trauma Informed Care, from cottage Residential Life staff to counselors. The approach emphasizes understanding where negative behaviors come from, and shaping the correcting response based on that knowledge. Our staff is trained to look beyond actions to the pain beneath. When they make sure that their responses to unhealthy behavior and attitudes don’t make the pain worse, they are helping the young person see how to be healthy from the inside out. As the deeper pain lessens, the need for negative behavior decreases as well.
Gateway is dedicated to providing the best possible services to the young people with whose care we’ve been entrusted. And we’re committed to guiding other social service professionals to greater knowledge of the latest techniques. Trauma Informed Care is another way we’re helping both our clients and our community.
For more information on Trauma Informed Care, check out the SAMHSA website, the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, at http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/ , and the National Center for Trauma Studies at http://www.ncts.org/
Posted on Mon, February 28, 2011
by Karin Park