Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

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Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

It's becoming common knowledge that trauma-informed care is important in youth work. For those who provide substance abuse and mental health counseling to young people, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's "TIP 57: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services" (PDF, 5 MB) is a good primer.

The guide gives a framework for understanding all types of trauma, discusses its impact on individuals, and provides advice for putting trauma-informed care in place. Key steps, the guide says, are

meeting client needs in a safe, collaborative, and compassionate manner; preventing treatment practices that re-traumatize people with histories of trauma who are seeking help or receiving services; building on the strengths and resilience of clients in the context of their environments and communities; and endorsing trauma-informed principles in agencies through support, consultation, and supervision of staff.

Each sections gives specific advice to counselors and highlights an array of traumatic experiences through case studies that enable readers to evaluate realistic scenarios and apply their knowledge and training in addressing trauma with clients.

Youth-serving professionals working with homeless youth should also check out SAMHSA's "TIP 55-R, Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless."

For more inforamtion about trauma, try these articles from NCFY:

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children & Families.

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