25 April 2024

What is trauma?

By ruiiid5

Trauma can occur as a result of a variety of different situations. Some of these may be very obvious in an individual’s life, while others may require a little more in terms of identification and work with the individual to identify the source.
Defining Trauma

Before engaging in any trauma informed practice training, the first step is to identify the nature of the trauma being tackled and the impact that it has had on the individual. By understanding this information, it will be possible to ensure that any training or treatment is fully tailored.

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Trauma is some form of deeply distressing emotional reaction to something that has happened in the past. It should be noted that it may be a case of having witnessed something happening, rather than necessarily being the person directly involved. Furthermore, trauma may emerge as a result of actions toward others or of prolonged activity – it need not necessarily be as a result of one specific event.

Dealing with Trauma

Having identified both the existence of trauma and the need to tackle the trauma, the next step would be to consider the best possible training that is needed for the individual supporting the victim, and then the treatment that is required for the person themselves.

While tackling trauma can take several months or years, where there is an acute need advice should be sought from medical professionals.

For a more long-term approach, it is helpful to engage with a practitioner who has undergone specific trauma informed practice training, such as the courses offered at www.tidaltraining.co.uk/mental-health-training-courses/trauma-informed-practice-training.

Trained people who can support those suffering from trauma emerge from various different places. Ideally, there will be fully-trained individuals in all areas that face the public, for example within the school environment as well as within general practitioner services. Some employers might also seek to have fully trained personnel so that instances of trauma that may not be acute but have an impact on efficiency can be identified.

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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to trauma, and therefore a trained professional is a welcome addition to any group.