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Life after Trauma

Culturally Responsive, Trauma Informed Services

Executive Director, Darlene Masters

Trauma effects everyone in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to "deal with" or "handle" trauma. Some effects of trauma are long lasting and effect daily living. Many trauma survivors dissociate as a way of avoiding the trauma that has been endured. This is a normal response; however, it is often not viewed in such a way. As advocates, it is our job to assist victims who have been through traumatic events. It is important for us to not only understand what trauma is or what it looks like, but to also know how to respond in a client centered, culturally appropriate way.

At Family Advocates, we often talk about what it means to be trauma informed. Having this knowledge and expertise is not something that we put on a list and are able to put a check mark next to it. It is a philosophy and an imperative component to working with victims and survivors. It is part of the core value of victim services. Unfortunately, the piece that often gets lost is looking at trauma from a culturally specific lens. Creating an inclusive environment and atmosphere helps clients to not only feel more comfortable but also gains trust. Seeking a deeper understanding of the different communities that are served increases not only knowledge but the ability to provide the trauma informed approach that is necessary in healing.

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