Trauma-Informed Care

 TIC: TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE is at the kernel of Buddy Care.

T-IC is not a methodology it’s a systematic way of thinking that integrates all variables into resilience building and trauma healing. T-IC is solution based sensitivity derived from the recent meeting of minds between the previously disparate worlds of the social services and neuro-scientists.
Buddy Care 
seeks to educate our communities about the impact of trauma on clients, co-workers, friends, family, and even ourselves. Buddy Care believes -

  • People with lived experience of trauma can and do recover and heal. However, “Healing from trauma is not an ala carte menu, it’s a smorgasbord.” T-IC is not predetermined therapy, its focusing on the client’s needs for a myriad of potential solutions – from pharmacology though therapy to social integration. In the case of an individual that means finding and fixing the holes in the spider web of needs and possible elements of support needed to get back control of one’s personal lives. 
  • Trauma-Informed Care is the hallmark of effective programs to promote preventative resilince building and recovery and healing through support from peers, consumers, survivors, ex-patients, and recovering persons and mentoring by providers; and
  • Leadership teams of peers and providers charting the course for the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care are essential.

We believe that understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community. And only with such community values, can we survive and thrive as a nation.

BECOMING TRAUMA INFORMED

Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them.

Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers. 

WHAT IS TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE (TIC)?

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Trauma-Informed Care involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

The three pillars of TIC – Safety, Connectedness and Managing Emotions

THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA
No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Everyone pays a price for trauma. Children, families, neighbourhoods, schools, communities, service systems, and—not least of all—taxpayers are all negatively affected when trauma is left unaddressed.

The costs of unrecognised and untreated complex trauma are enormous. This is not only in terms of reduced quality of life, life expectancy and lost productivity, but in `significant increases in the utilization of medical, correctional, social, and mental health services

Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Everyone pays the price when a community produces multi-generations of people with untreated trauma by an increase in crime, loss of wages, and threat to the stability of the family.

Untreated trauma is a root cause of many of the most pressing problems that communities face, including poverty, crime, low academic achievement, addiction, mental health problems, and poor health outcomes.

Untreated trauma is the fuel for the cycle of violence in our country!!!!!!

And this is how Buddy Care contributes to breaking the cycle...

Buddy Care is not just a trauma response modality. Suitably enhanced with resilience, life and team building skills, the immense benefit is a highly industrious set of skills that collectively builds:

  • community spiritedness and resilience;
  • social and moral capital;
  • trust and hope.

Our Mandate to Pursue Community Resilience Building

We are not a means to an end. We are a skills transfer and knowledge-energy hub that a community can embrace toward being an effective home-base environment for this and future generations. We cannot walk the road for the community but we can step up and walk with them, transferring ours and likeminded expert’s skills in the process.  Each community will have differences which are important and it’s not up to us to change anything, only empower, motivate and energise the component parts.

We take our mandate from Department of Social Development’s Integrated Crime Prevention Strategy of 2011. (Buddy Care logo’s etc  overlaid on the departments diagrams.) 

Trauma-Informed Buddy Care Community Resilience Building fits naturally into the existing CSIR developed model supporting and promoting:

  • Early childhood development,
  • Domestic violence programmes,
  • Community mobilisation, and
  • Victim support.

However, when holistically embraced T-IBC-CRB seeks to eliminate the boundaries in a trauma-high community recognising human status and nor ascribed victim/offender roles – because often the two are one and the very same. This supports the Community Integration initiative in the CSIR model, but does not replace it.

“You don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.”

“It is this kind of social response at a sensory level that helps to return a sense of control and power to those who were left feeling vulnerable following exposure.

  1. They can help to empower not just individual students or staff, but an entire community.
  2. They also provide the opportunity to teach children about the value of life, respect for diversity, generosity of spirit, care for others, and how to collaboratively work together to support one another in a time of crisis.
  3. They generate a social conscience as well as help teach children difficult lessons.
  4. They also help restore a sense of hope.”

Trauma’s Impact on Learning and Behaviour: A Case for Interventions in Schools -  William Steele, MSW, PsyD

From an individual learner or students point of view, Buddy Care strives…

  • To maximize student's sense of security; emotional and physical.
  • To strengthen student's self‐regulation skills.
  • To accommodate the emotional needs of stressed and anxious students.
  • To support and promote positive relationships between students and between students and adults/staff.
  • To strengthen an environment of mutual respect for students and adults/staff.
  • To promote a supportive and cooperative school climate.
  • To reduce student aggression, conflicts, and bullying.
  • To enhance the development of empathy in students.
  • To elevate student achievement.
  • To provide an environment in which every student can reach full potential.
  • To generate a sense of trust and hope for the future.