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Becoming a Trauma-Informed Practice

 

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A trauma informed practice is defined as an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Practice also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both patients and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

The American Academy of Pediatrics with funding from a grant (UC4MC21534) from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has developed a Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care​. This 6-part series was designed with the primary care practice in mind – those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events.

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