Trauma-Focused Care

Trauma-focused care involves examining the holistic aspects of an individual's history, and views problems with physical and mental health as potentially originating from a traumatic source that must be examined as the root cause.

Trauma-focused care attempts to:

  • Understand that trauma is widespread and impacts the road to recovery
  • Recognize the signs/symptoms of trauma;
  • Attempt to insert knowledge about trauma into policies and practices;
  • Avoid re-traumatization 

What are the principles of trauma-informed care?

  • Safety --- patients and staff must feel physically and psychologically safe in the office 
  • Trustworthiness + Transparency --- organizational methods are created with transparency, with the goal of creating and sustaining trust within and out of the office
  • Peer Support --- individuals who have shared experiences are encouraged to share their stories 
  • Collaboration --- power differences between clinicians and clients are on an even playing field to collaborate on shared decisions 
  • Empowerment --- clients' strengths are understood and built on, including a belief in resilience and the ability to heal 
  • Humility + Responsiveness --- biases (explicit and implicit) and historical trauma are acknowledged and actively worked against

Here at Madrigal, we are committed to addressing trauma in a holistic manner.

*This information was adapted from the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center. Click this link for more information.*