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Doing Trauma-Informed Work in a Trauma-Informed Way: Understanding Difficulties and Finding Solutions

Edelman, Natalie L. (2023) Doing Trauma-Informed Work in a Trauma-Informed Way: Understanding Difficulties and Finding Solutions. Health Services Insights, 16 . pp. 1-5. E-ISSN 1178-6329. (doi:10.1177/11786329231215037) (KAR id:104232)


Trauma-informed practice (TIP) is expanding as a means of improving patient safety and engagement. Accordingly, professionals and other stakeholders increasingly come together in meetings and workshops to learn about, plan and evaluate TIP in health and social care settings. However, these kinds of trauma-informed work are sometimes carried out in a way that is not itself trauma-informed - missing an opportunity to 'model the model' and risking re-traumatisation and disengagement from further trauma-informed work for some attendees. Inaccurate use of language, the desire to destigmatise, and conflation of trauma-informed and trauma-enhanced practice may all be contributing factors. Careful attention to remit and content, accuracy of language and adequate provisions around the discussion of traumatising adversities can do much to reduce the risk of psychological harm and enable our trauma-informed work to be fully enriched by those who bring lived experience that is undisclosed as well as experiences that may be extant in their roles. Issues of relationality and context are not only central to traumatisation but offer a means to avoid it, both in our work as practitioners, managers, commissioners and researchers and in the ways that we come together to plan and reflect on that TIP.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/11786329231215037
Uncontrolled keywords: Patient Safety, Psychological Wellbeing, Trauma-informed, Trauma Survivor, Trauma-Enhanced, Trauma-aware
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Funders: University of Kent (
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Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2024 12:34 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 10:12 UTC
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