Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care is an approach that acknowledges the need to understand an individual's life experiences in order to provide effective services. Human service professionals using this approach presume that individuals are more likely than not to have a history of trauma. They recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress, the presence of trauma symptoms, and the role trauma may play in an individual's life--including service staff. 
Practicing trauma-informed care promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing.


The Four R's of Trauma-Informed Care Realize, Recognize, Respond, Resist re-traumatization


Trauma Definitions: Three Levels of Trauma Work

Trauma-informed services include things we all need to know.

Trauma-responsive services include what we need to do (policies, practices, and environment=culture) when we work with trauma survivors.

Trauma-specific are the services we need to provide.


What is Trauma-Informed Care?

For more resources, please visit:

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

2020 Trauma-Informed PA Plan

Health Professionals: Using Trauma-informed Care in a Medical Setting

How To Help Children Manage Stress


Franklin County Contact:

Cori Seilhamer, MS, NCC
Mental Health Program Specialist
Certified CIT Coordinator
Franklin/Fulton MH/IDD/EI
(717) 264-5387


What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma-Informed Care?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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