The term trauma-informed care references a specified approach to treating victims of trauma that directly addresses the consequences of that trauma for the purposes of facilitating recovery and healing.

For first responders, who are routinely exposed to trauma in the course of carrying out their duties every day, trauma plays a unique and significant role in mental health and overall wellness. In order for comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment to be effective, it is essential that treatment not only recognize the existence of trauma exposure and respond to it but also work to protect against re-traumatization in the course of care.

Trauma-Informed Care

Principles of Trauma-Informed Care

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are six principles that influence trauma-informed treatment rather than specific types of therapeutic
intervention. These six principles include:

2. The treatment process must be transparent to the client in order to facilitate trust with treatment professionals.
4. All staff members must collaborate with clients in treatment to provide a safe and open space for growth and recovery.
6. In all treatments and therapies, there should be respect and safety for individuals in recovery and staff.

Is Trauma-Informed Care Right For You?

First responders seeking treatment for substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues will benefit from trauma-informed care. At Clinical Services of Rhode Island, we offer the option of trauma-informed care programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Call now to learn more.

For police, call (855)-997-6542

For Military, call (888)-976-4118

For fire and EMS, call (888)-731-3473

For Corrections, call (844)-646-4COS