Free Trauma-Informed Care Infographic. See instructions at the bottom of the page for printing. From the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Please share this!
'Trauma shatters your most basic assumptions about yourself and your world-- "Life is good," "I'm safe," "People are kind," "I can trust others," "The future is likely to be good" -- and replaces them with feelings like "The world is dangerous," "I can't win," "I can't trust other people..."' - Mark Goulston, from 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for Dummies'
Experiences from the earliest days of childhood play an important role in shaping the brain’s development. Sadly, traumatic episodes leave the deepest impressions, manifesting themselves in adulthood in health issues ranging from increased stress to substance abuse. Learn more about the lasting impact of childhood trauma on chronic adult disorders.
Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more "resilient." Rather than spend a few hours or even days drowning in a state of terror, tension and nervousness after getting triggered, doing one or more of these exercises can help the nervous system shift into a different state sooner. Each time you do…
(1) Time: 5 minutes at beginning & end of tx session (2) Contraindications: clients that have significant cognitive impairments and clients that have attention span <1 minute (3) OT Goal: to decrease anxiety & stress, to increase orientation to reality, and to increase attention to task.