Trauma Informed Practice is an understanding and recognition of the frequency of trauma, and how trauma affects all individuals in the system.
Trauma Informed Practice is an understanding and recognition of the frequency of trauma, and how trauma affects all individuals in the system. Board members, management, and staff at William W. Creighton Youth Services are committed to being continually trauma-informed using education, training, screening, navigation, and referrals. Creighton recognizes the historic trauma experienced by Indigenous communities over the last several centuries. As a collective, the agency puts this knowledge in to practice with youth, families, and staff as well as with our community partners. Young people and their families are meaningfully supported by all Creighton staff by working together with community organizations through culturally-responsive ways.
Creighton recognizes that being trauma informed requires being guided by the following principles:
- Trauma Understanding
- Collaboration & Empowerment
- Safety & Stability
- Cultural Humility & Responsiveness
- Compassion & Dependability
- Resilience & Recovery
In response to the guiding principles, Creighton management and staff routinely screen for trauma exposure and related symptoms using the most culturally appropriate methods of assessments and healing. The impact of traumatic stress on mental and physical well-being is recognized and fostered with a commitment to maintain an environment of care for youth and staff that increases resilience and protective factors. There is an agency wide belief and practice that there are individual responses to diversity through creative individual and community solutions.
Creighton embraces community partnerships, bringing families, communities, and cultures together to further facilitate system change. In order to strive for evidence based trauma-informed practices, there is a commitment to frequently measure successes and review our accountability as it relates to integrating this knowledge into policies, procedures, practices, and settings.