SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This paper aims to develop a working concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach and to develop a shared understanding of these concepts that would be acceptable and appropriate across an array of service systems and stakeholder groups. It puts forth a framework for the behavioral health specialty sectors that have the potential to ease or exacerbate an individual’s capacity to cope with traumatic experiences.

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Published on 09/01/2022