“Trauma is when we have encountered an out of control, frightening experience that has disconnected us from all sense of resourcefulness or safety or coping or love.” Tara Brach, 2011
Simply put it means asking “What happened to you?” Instead of “What is wrong with you?”
1. Trauma Understanding - through knowledge and understanding trauma and stress we can act
compassionately and take well-informed steps towards wellness.
2. Safety & Security - increasing stability in our daily lives and having core physical and
emotional safety needs met can minimize our stress reactions and allow us to focus our
resources on wellness.
3. Cultural Humility & Responsiveness – when we are open to understanding cultural differences
and respond to them sensitively, we make each other feel understood and wellness is
4. Compassion & Dependability – when we experience compassionate and dependable
relationships, we re-establish trusting connections with others that fosters mutual wellness.
5. Collaboration& Empowerment – when we are prepared for and given real opportunities to
make choices for ourselves and our care, we feel empowered and can promote our own
6. Resilience & Recovery – when we focus on our strengths and clear steps we can take toward
wellness, we are more likely to be resilient and recover. (adapted from Alameda County TIC)
"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, need to be a life sentence". Peter Levine