This approach begins with an understanding of how trauma can affect overall development and change neurodevelopment. Symptoms are not considered pathological but considered to be adaptive coping strategies the body has used to cope with the traumatic event or events.
A trauma-informed practice requires that an environment be physically and emotionally safe.
This means that basic needs should be met,
communication is open and transparent,
responses should be consistent and predictable,
and that the provider is being respectful and is culturally sensitive.
Empowerment is a key focus in this practice.
Trauma often will strip away feelings of security and control. A trauma-informed practice will therefore encourage clients to regain this sense of control and build or strengthen feelings of autonomy. The goal is to help survivors build on current resiliency strengths, utilize and build strong support networks, and teach new skills to cope with stress.