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Tell us your views on suggested guidelines for implementation of a trauma-informed approach. What do you like about the definition, and what changes do you suggest?

The guidelines must include the training and understanding of existing cultural differences in order to better respond to individual needs.

It is important to understand that the conceptualization of “Trauma” and any treatments or principles are founded on cultural beliefs and general premises that may not relate across all cultural groups. A Trauma-Informed Care organization must acknowledge and be prepared to acknowledge the impact of trauma depending on the cultural context in which it happens and the responds to individuals or community impacted by threatening or traumatic events may differ based on their cultural beliefs. An organization who will effectively engage their consumers and their workforce must have an understanding of the cultural differences related to trauma. For example the conceptualization of even the definition of trauma may differ among cultural groups such as religious groups. The coping mechanisms and the conceptualization of the impact of life threatening events may differ among religious groups or different cultural or ethnics groups. Some groups seek healing within their community while other seek healing through traditional forms of medical treatment. Some will conceptualize a life-threatening event as a tragedy that must be overcome, while a different cultural group may conceptualize it as karma, or as another event that happens that must be embraced and just needs to be accepted as is.

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    Lucrece Pierre-CarrLucrece Pierre-Carr shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Steve RuskinSteve Ruskin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think that looking att cultural differncesw and how trauma is affected and sometimes veiwed different cultures

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