Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is emerging as a critical approach to improve patient-centered care across all healthcare fields.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a framework for TIC to help clinicians and health systems meet the healthcare needs of individuals and communities that have experienced trauma. 

The Trauma-Informed framework is built on six principles:

      1)  safety;

      2)  trustworthiness and transparency;

      3)  peer support;

      4)  collaboration and mutuality;

      5)  empowerment, voice, and choice; and

      6)  acknowledgment of cultural, historical, and gender issues.


Hopper (2010) Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings.  

Bloom (2013). Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care. Oxford University Press