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Trauma-Informed Care

Individuals with substance use disorders who are receiving child welfare services often have a history of trauma. Substance use disorder treatment professionals and child welfare case workers should understand the role that trauma may play in an individual’s life. The cycle of trauma may lead to a lack of engagement in services, an increase in symptoms, re-traumatization, an increased risk of relapse, withdrawal from relationships, and poor treatment outcomes, among other possible outcomes. In a trauma-informed organization, employed professionals at the organization should understand how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services.

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    • Trauma-Informed Care Walkthrough Project Report—Data and Findings
      Trauma-Informed Care Walkthrough Project Report—Data and Findings(PDF 1.2 MB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), 2015

      Staff from NCSACW conducted “agency walkthroughs” at five trauma-informed care partnerships. The walkthrough process enabled the sites to better understand services through the eyes of their clients; uncovered inadvertent trauma triggers; and generated concrete changes necessary to become a more trauma-informed system. This report provides information on key strategies that staff in key systems can implement to minimize trauma triggers for clients, and it describes the findings from the Trauma-Informed Care Assessment Project.

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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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