Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach

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CEU Course Description

Trauma continues to be a cross-SAMHSA priority, given its significant role in behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery. The primary goal of this guide is to expand the discussion presented in SAMHSA’s earlier resources, specifically focusing on tools and strategies for implementing a trauma-informed approach (TIA). This course highlights the need for organizational readiness and capacity assessment before implementing TIA and identifies strategies for such assessments.

Author:  This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number HHSS283201700001 / 75S20319F42002 with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Subject Matter Experts include Iya Affo, Heal Historical Trauma; Alex Barker, MSW, Trauma-Informed Practice Consultant; Brian Flynn, EdD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Mathew Portell, MEd, Trauma Informed Educators Network; April Silas, PhD, Homeless Children’s Network.

Recommended Citation:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP23-06-05-005. Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2023.

References / Contributions by:  

  1. Weisner, L. (2021). Individual and community trauma: Individual experiences in collective environments. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
  2. Curran, E., Perra, O., Rosato, M., Ferry, F., & Leavey, G. (2021). Complex childhood trauma, gender and depression: Patterns and correlates of help-seeking and maladaptive coping. Journal of Affective Disorders, 292, 603-613.
  3. Pumariega, A. J., Jo, Y., Beck, B., & Rahmani, M. (2022). Trauma and US minority children and youth. Current Psychiatry Reports, 24(4), 285-295.

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CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify the implemented strategies across many domains related to behavioral health.
  2. Recognize common signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals, as these can manifest in diverse ways.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of new approaches that minimize re-traumatization and create safe environments.

CE Outline and Main Points

  1. Chapter 1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 2. Organizational Assessment and Planning for a Tia 
  3. Chapter 3. Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach
  4. Chapter 4. Evaluation and Sustainability
  5. Chapter 5: Case Studies
  6. References/Acknowledgements

Course Level: Introductory

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CAADE Approval

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