Trauma-informed care

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is an approach to working that acknowledges that individuals may have experienced trauma in the past, and works to mitigate the risk of retraumatization or new traumatic experiences. A trauma-informed approach differs from a trauma-focused approach which is designed to address and heal trauma explicitly. A trauma-informed care paradigm can be implemented in any setting, from one-on-one interactions to organizational structure to policy design.


Trauma and Violence-informed Approaches to Policy and Practices

Created by the Government of Canada.

Trauma and violence-informed approaches to policy and practices. Trauma and violence-informed approaches are policies and practices that recognize the connections between violence, trauma, negative health outcomes and behaviours. These approaches increase safety, control and resilience for people who are seeking services in relation to experiences of violence and/or have a history of experiencing violence. 

What is Trauma-informed Care?

Created by the Buffalo Center for Social Research.

Trauma-Informed Care understands and considers the pervasive nature of trauma and promotes environments of healing and recovery rather than practices and services that may inadvertently re-traumatize. 

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

Created by Alberta Health Services.

The site curates resources from experts in the field of trauma-informed care and also draws largely from the experiences of health care organizations.

Frewen Meditations Research Lab

Created by the Frewen MEDITATIONS Research Lab.

This website provides information on mediation-related practices and educational videos related to mindfulness 

Trauma-Informed Workplace Assessment

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This 2-5 minutes assessment tool provides a more accurate picture of your organization’s approach to trauma-informed principles. Once completed, it provides an 8-page detailed report that will help you evaluate, understand, and discuss how your organization can become more trauma-informed.

Trauma Informed Care Project

Created by the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center.

The purpose of the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Project is to increase knowledge about trauma and the impact it has by creating connection, sharing knowledge and resources. TIC offers resources for individuals who help those impacted by trauma provide patient centred care. 

Guides & Facts Sheets

Trauma-Informed Child & Family Service System

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

A trauma-informed child and family service system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system including children, caregivers, and service providers.


inSocialWork Podcast Series: Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care Episodes

Created by the School of Social Work of University at Buffalo.

Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care Episodes  

inSocialWork® is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork® features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work. 


Implementing TIC in Residential Child Welfare Settings

This presentation provides information about a trauma-informed program (Programme Pinguin). This program aimed to promote trauma-informed attitudes and well-being among professionals, and reduce the use of restraints and seclusions.

- Created by Dr. Denise Michelle Brend.

The practice of trauma-informed care

It provides information on trauma and its repercussions as well as clarifications on trauma-informed practices.

- Created by Make Resilience Matter. 


6 Guiding Principles to a Trauma-Informed Approach

Created by the Center for Preparedness and Response and the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care.

The CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), in collaboration with SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), developed and led a new training for OPHPR employees about the role of trauma-informed care during public health emergencies. The training aimed to increase responder awareness of the impact that trauma can have in the communities where they work. Participants learned SAMHSA’s six principles that guide a trauma-informed approach, including:

  1. Safety
  2. Trustworthiness & transparency
  3. Peer support
  4. Collaboration & mutuality
  5. Empowerment & choice
  6. Cultural, historical & gender issues

10 Key Ingredients for Trauma-Informed Care

Created by the Center for Health Care Strategies.

What is Trauma?

What is the Impact of Trauma on Health?

How Can Providers Become Trauma Informed?

3 Go-To Elements for Trauma-Informed Workplaces

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic presents three tips organizations can use to create a trauma-informed environment at work.

Principles for Being Trauma Informed

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic illustrates the five core principles for being trauma-informed.

How to Be An Ally?

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic provides information on how to become an ally to LGBT2SQ+ communities by ending oppression and creating equality.

Crisis Response Checklist

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This checklist can help organizations respond to high intensity and unplanned events by preparing individuals to manage the practical, logistical, and emotional impacts following incidents. 

Informative Videos

Moving Beyond Trauma-Informed Care

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses the ways organizations, schools, and even homes can transform into healthy, value-driven systems that promote diversity, collaboration, resilience, and wellness. A transformative organizational approach called "Creating Presence," which helps employees become trauma-responsive to their clients and to one another, becoming trauma-resilient in the process, is also presented.

- By Dawn Isaac & Kristin Lukie.

CTRI - Youtube Channel

The CTRI Youtube Channel provide videos on different topics, including being prensent, overcoming self-criticism, tips for couple counselling, tips to reduce screen time, self-care, and more. 

- Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

Being Trauma Aware: A Course Overview

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses the definition and importance of being trauma-aware, presents the training framework of the course, including the five modules, and provides testimonials from professionals who have attended this course.

- By Meghan Costello.

A Time of Transition and Turmoil: Challenges Delivering and Evaluating a Promising Trauma-Informed Training and Support Program for Residential Care Workers

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses how it is essential for residential care workers to be equipped to identify and practice trauma-informed care with youth in order to prevent reduced self-efficacy, anger/overreactions, and over-permissiveness. By training and supporting residential care workers in trauma-informed principles, their professional quality of life may increase.

- By Lise Milne & Alexandra Paiva.


Incorporating the Colonial Trauma Framework into Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, presents a trauma-informed approach called the Colonial Trauma Framework, which recognizes indigenous people’s trauma as collective, complex, continuous, cumulative, and compounding, and explains how current trauma-informed approaches can be expanded by this framework.

- By Ky Scott, Jennifer Nutton et Nancy Lucero.


Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

Created by Dr. Sandra Bloom.

This is the third in a trilogy of books that chronicle the revolutionary changes in our mental health and human service delivery systems that have conspired to disempower staff and hinder client recovery. "Restoring Sanctuary" is a roadmap to recovery for our nation's systems of care. It explores the notion that organizations are living systems themselves, and as such, they manifest various degrees of health and dysfunction, analogous to those of individuals.

Programs & Courses

Creating PRESENCE (Not Free)

Created by Dr. Sandra Bloom.

Creating PRESENCE is an online organizational and clinical approach for creating trauma-informed, trauma-responsive and trauma-resilient organizations. This program offers protection for clients, support for staff and strengh in organizations.