CFI takes a trauma-informed care approach to care and treatment. Our staff has been trained to acknowledge trauma’s pervasiveness, recognize signs and symptoms of trauma, and incorporate knowledge about trauma into a person’s care plan.
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70 percent of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That's 223.4 million people.
Trauma can be a one-time, multiple or long-lasting series of events that is emotionally disturbing or life-threatening. Trauma has lasting adverse effects on all aspects of a person’s total health — mental, physical, social, emotional, financial and spiritual.
Traumatic events might include:
• Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
• Childhood neglect
• Living with a family member with mental health or substance use disorders
• Sudden, unexplained separation from a loved one
• Racism, discrimination, and oppression
• Violence in the community, war, or terrorism
A trauma-informed approach acknowledges that trauma is pervasive, and takes into account a person’s past and present traumas. It shifts focus from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”
It is an approach that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma, and ac-tively strives to avoid triggering trauma symptoms and re-traumatization.
Key components to trauma-informed care include creating a physically and emotionally safe environment, establishing trust, supporting choice, and creating a collaborative approach to care.
It could be a turbulent childhood, a death in the family, or witnessing domestic abuse or other violent act. These traumatic events can make you believe you are in danger of being harmed. And they have serious re-percussions, triggering emotional and physical reactions that can make it more likely that you could develop a serious health condition, including heart disease and cancer.