Trauma-informed care is an important topic in the mental health field. At Avalon Malibu, trauma-informed care is an important part of our treatment approach. In this blog, we’re going to discuss what this type of care is, as well as why it’s so important. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have or if you’d like to learn more about our approach at Avalon Malibu.
Understanding Trauma-Informed Care
According to the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center, “A trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation.” Through this lens, mental health and addiction recovery providers can provide their patients with more comprehensive services. Understanding the full scope of a patient’s needs is important and that often can’t be done without understanding their past. If a provider doesn’t ask a patient about their past, they may be missing an important piece of their treatment.
Why Is This Type of Care Important?
If a provider doesn’t understand a key part of an individual’s past, then they’re missing out on a puzzle piece. This means that they won’t be able to provide them with holistic care, as they’ll be leaving out an important part of their past. It’s important that healthcare providers understand the full stories of their patients so that they can provide care that makes sense for each individual person.
Without trauma-informed care, providers may accidentally trigger someone or do or say something that’s damaging to them. When a provider has the full picture of someone’s past, they’ll be able to be sensitive towards things that they may struggle with. By fully understanding clients and what they’ve been through, providers can provide a holistic, comprehensive treatment approach that takes into account the individual needs of each person.
Trauma-informed care is a topic that we often discuss at Avalon Malibu. We seek to offer trauma-informed care to each of our clients so that they can have their comprehensive needs met by our team. If you’d like to learn more about our treatment approach and philosophy, feel free to give us a call at (844) 857-5992. We’d love to hear from you and provide you with more information about our various services. It’s never too late to start investing in your mental health!