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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?

What guidelines can you suggest that will help break the established professional culture that is resistant to TIC?

I live in a state that is STRONGLY advocating trauma-informed protocols across all human services systems. We have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into professional training for a couple years and the state government is proposing over a million dollars more for just the upcoming year. I can tell you that the facilities that have been the primary focus of this vast support and funding effort have not embraced TIC. If there are national-level trainers, performance evaluators, contract assessment reviewers or anyone else present that is "watching" the staff complies- demonstrating they know what to do and what it is- but the minute, literally, the door closes, it is back to business as usual- restraints, seclusion, violent forced drugging, arrogant, power-over staff attitudes, the whole nine yards. If our state can't do it after all this effort, who can? And what is to be done about shifting the cultural paradigm? Maybe looking at higher education curricula is indicated- my son is in college studying therapeutic interventions and there is not a WORD about trauma to be seen.

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      • we we commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems like staff could use a little empathy- and compassion-training themselves. As Dr. Daniel J
        Segal would say, perhaps a goal for staff is be to "Inspire to Rewire" TM their brains.

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