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Trauma-Informed Care Model

The Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network, which consist of the six state psychiatric hospitals, has enhanced their recovery models of treatment with the integration of the Trauma-Informed Care model.

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. TIC recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life. The model embraces cultural, policy and communication methods that support a trauma-informed environment to provide an environment of safety, trust, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, cultural humility and responsiveness.

The intention of TIC is not to treat symptoms or issues related to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or any other form of trauma abut rather to provide support services in a way that is accessible and appropriate to those who may have experienced trauma.  (Harris, 2001).

Creating a physically and emotionally safe environment establishing trust and boundaries, supporting autonomy and choice, creating collaborative relationships and participation opportunities, and using a strengths and empowerment-focus perspective to promote resilience are ways in which principles of TIC work reduce re-traumatization and promote healing.

To learn more about the Trauma-Informed Care model please contact Katrina Norris, Executive Director Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network, at

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