The trauma informed profession faces several challenges, including a growing demand for the care of survivors of trauma, and a high level of stigma in the profession.
In a recent article published in the Journal of Trauma, psychologist Rami Agha described the trauma informed approach as an approach to helping survivors identify, navigate, and manage their trauma.
In his article, Agha outlined four principles of the trauma-informed practice, which he believes can be applied to other areas of medicine and society as well: 1) The primary focus should be on the survivors, rather than the perpetrator 2) The trauma-influenced practice should provide a holistic approach to help survivors process and deal with their trauma, rather the perpetrator 3) The survivors should have a shared experience with trauma, instead of isolated experiences 4) The survivor should be informed of the consequences of their actions and decisions, rather a victim of their own trauma, which is not often the case, Aghan wrote.
The article then went on to describe the challenges faced by trauma informed practitioners in the field, as well as the need for greater recognition and advocacy for trauma-aware care.
The first point is that trauma-based trauma informed practices can be difficult to implement, and often lack the training necessary to effectively engage with survivors and their families.
Agha further stated that many survivors do not understand their own and their colleagues’ trauma, or do not realize how traumatizing their experience has been.
Survivors, he explained, “do not always understand what trauma is, or how traumatic experiences can trigger traumatic memories.
They often don’t understand that they are living in a traumatized body and cannot know how to recover from the trauma.”
This leads to a high risk of perpetuating harmful practices that perpetuate the cycle of trauma and its effects on survivors.
In addition, Aagha also found that survivors often are uncomfortable discussing trauma with others, and many survivors feel “too ashamed” to talk about their trauma in general.
Agha stated that “the stigma associated with trauma-relevant and trauma-avoiding professions is so high, that there is often no space for the survivor to share her trauma experience in an open and candid manner.”
2)The trauma-sensitive profession should address the cultural and political issues of trauma.
Many trauma-conscious professions are deeply rooted in indigenous culture, and the trauma that trauma survivors experience can be deeply personal.
As a result, trauma-affected professions need to be mindful of the cultural nuances of the indigenous community, including the ways in which the trauma can be interpreted, and its impact on the person and community.
In this regard, Aghan’s article describes how trauma-insensitive professions should be aware of the following issues: Indigenous culture has its own meanings, values, and expectations about trauma.
Indigenous communities are often more sensitive than the Western community, and have a very high threshold for what is appropriate and unacceptable in their language.
For example, the concept of “tears” is often interpreted as a means to express the feelings of the survivor, which can be distressing to some survivors.
When interpreting the meanings of the word “tear,” the survivor is often asking for a response, and not an interpretation of the meaning of the experience.
Many survivors also use trauma to cope with trauma and the aftermath of trauma by making a list of things they wish the world would not happen to them, such as a “sudden death,” a “broken heart,” or a “catastrophe.”
The idea of “Tears” and “Tearful” are also used in traditional healing practices, as part of a healing process.
When discussing the trauma, these concepts of “recovery” and the “other side” are often considered, which often reinforces the trauma experienced.
The trauma is often considered as “normal” and, therefore, not a cause for distress, while the “Tale” is the “new thing.”
Aghas article continues, “The trauma is seen as a part of the process of healing and healing, but in fact, it can be a trigger to a new set of trauma-related beliefs and practices, such in the case of “The Story of My Body,” where the trauma and trauma response is considered a form of a ‘mystery illness.’
The trauma can also be viewed as a sign that the person is in a vulnerable position, and that a healing, healing, and healing process must begin immediately.”
3)The profession should be culturally competent and ethical.
Trauma-informed practitioners have a responsibility to be culturally aware, to be emotionally and culturally competent, and to be ethical.
Aaghas article described how trauma informed professions are culturally competent in the sense that they can recognize the value of trauma within the lives of people, and can provide a culturally competent way of understanding and understanding the experience of trauma survivors.
Additionally, they have a duty to protect the rights of the survivors in their profession, in order to ensure the health of the profession and to facilitate the healing process