The majority of people in our churches have experienced pain, and the people tasked with caring for them do not always have the necessary tools. Too often, this leads to unintended re-traumatization, and before long the church is seen as an unsafe place for the hurting, precisely the people who need us most. If the Church is to properly care for the hurting, it is important that we understand the impact of trauma and imitate the way God cares for the wounded. Becoming a trauma-informed church will enable us to help without hurting.
The Six Principles of Trauma-Informed Care
Each section highlights one principle of trauma-informed care. Watch the video to understand the principle. Use the links to access resources for putting that principle into practice in your community.
Trustworthiness and Transparency
Collaboration and Mutuality
Empowerment, Voice, and Choice
Respect for Cultural, Historical, and Gender Background