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What Every New Social Worker Needs To Know... Trauma Informed Care in Social Work
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Elisa Kawam, Ph.D., and Marcos J. Martinez, Ph.D.
As social workers, we work with populations with long and
complex histories of abuse and violence combined with pressing physical,
mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Even when we are not
serving the most vulnerable, we still may be working with people who
have endured a traumatic event, which has affected their lives and their
Due in part to the recognition that traumatic events are
increasingly common and that the effects of such can be negative (Briere
& Scott, 2014), trauma informed care is becoming popularized among
the helping professions. Although trauma and trauma informed care are
complicated, understanding them better enables social workers to care
for the needs of their clients from a deeply holistic perspective.
Thus, the intent of this article is to describe the basics of
trauma, trauma informed care, and applying trauma informed care in
practice and policy settings. Certainly not an exhaustive guide to
trauma informed care, this is an overview intended to introduce this
subject and stimulate interest in it.
The Nature of Trauma
A traumatic event is an experience in which individuals fear for
their lives or the lives of those close to them (American Psychiatric
Association, 2013). Traumatic events include child maltreatment,
domestic violence, poverty, gang/community violence, natural disasters,
and war. Traumatic experiences can be experienced directly, or
indirectly by witnessing the trauma of another. In this manner, seeing
an act of violence against someone else may be traumatic. The frequency,
chronicity, and intensity of the event must be considered (Ogden,
Minton, & Pain, 2006) in determining the impact on a person. For
example, an event that occurs frequently and involves a close family
member, such as sexual abuse, will have a different outcome than an
event that someone saw once and did not involve anyone known to that
person, such as a car accident.
Trauma does not affect everyone equally, and this is partially
dependent on the age/development of the person, gender, existing risks
and strengths, and available social supports (Ogden, Minton, & Pain,
2006). Because of differences in hormones and societal norms, women
tend to experience trauma more intensely with longer lasting symptoms
than men (Ogden, Minton, & Pain, 2006). Additionally, traumatic
events that occur at younger ages are thought to have more upsetting
effects, as they co-occur with brain and social skill development
(Schore, 2001). Finally, existing risks (addiction and mental illness,
most importantly), along with the presence of a social support system,
must be taken into account when understanding why traumatic events
affect people differently.
Traumatic symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. When
symptoms interrupt daily functioning, they may constitute a formal
clinical diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according
to the DSM-V (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Traumatic
symptoms are highly individualized and, as a result, can manifest in a
multitude of ways. The outcomes of trauma often affect mental
functioning, social interactions, and coping mechanisms. Depression and
anxiety are common, as well as difficulty eating, sleeping, parenting,
and working. In addition, it is not uncommon for someone to experience
flashbacks or dreams of the event(s) (intrusion) or to report that they
feel easily startled (hypervigilance) by stimuli in their surroundings.
Some people may notice that they are dulled to what is going on around
them during routine daily activities (dissociation).
Finally, people with trauma symptoms are prone to social
isolation. These individuals attempt to control their surroundings
preemptively by evading any person, place, or thing that might serve as a
reminder of the trauma (avoidance). Together, these four categories of
symptoms not only take away from quality of life, but also make daily
interaction and communication difficult.
Further, those with trauma histories are at an increased risk for
addiction, substance use, and other risky behaviors, such as
promiscuous sex and illegal activity. It is thought that these symptoms
are side effects of traumatic exposure. These behaviors are thought to
be ways of learned coping to compensate for a traumatic past. As social
workers, we need to address and treat the underlying cause (the trauma)
first and then treat the other issues that present (substance use, risky
behavior, unemployment, or anxiety). This approach reframes the idea of
the presenting problem in that the issues we deem as target behaviors
may not really be what the client wants to change. These problems
instead may represent the client’s way of living with a trauma history.
By treating the presenting problem without screening for trauma, we are,
in essence, removing the client’s solution to the larger issue. This
approach does not get to the root cause of the problem and may do more
harm than good, as a result.
The key component to understanding trauma is that it is both
preventable and treatable (Herman, 1992). This is where the role of
social workers comes in—acting as change agents to directly influence
the lives of those who have endured traumatic events. This treatment
approach is called Trauma Informed Care (TIC).
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Summer issue:
New on the Real World Clinical Social Work Blog:
Plus...some bonus web-exclusives:
SUMMER READING/GIFTS FOR GRADUATES!
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flickering, this book will surely re-ignite your love. --Mildred Mit
Joyner, MSW, LCSW, Emerita Director and Professor of Social Work, West
Chester University of Pennsylvania
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College Diabetes Network "Off to College" Booklets Available
The College Diabetes Network has worked with young adults with type one diabetes (T1D) from across the country to compile Off to College booklets and create a “Gold Standard” of resources and support for this exciting time in life. The booklets have been medically reviewed and approved by the American Diabetes Association, and their distribution has been made possible by sponsorship from Tandem Diabetes Care, Lilly Diabetes, and Dexcom, Inc.
The Off to College booklets cover everything from talking to friends and roommates, to switching clinical providers, to registering for accommodations on campus. They can help guide conversations with young adults related to transitioning, and provide them with up-to-date and relevant information and resources. The booklets are available both as hard copies for school and clinics and as digital downloads.
#MacroSW Media Nights
Participate in a #MacroSW Media Night Chat
, a once-a-month Twitter chat to talk about
different social problems highlighted by the press. The chats will feature a
video, podcast, blog post, or article that features an important topic
in macro social work practice.
The schedule for upcoming chats is as follows:
- Sept. 29, 2016 - Environmental Justice with Samantha Teixeira of Boston College
- Oct. 13, 2016 - Online disability advocacy: What is the role of allies? Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice & #MacroSW Chat Partner and Casey Bohrman of West Chester University
- Oct. 27, 2016 - Income Inequality with Jimmy Young of California State University San Marcos
- Nov. 17, 2016 - Language Matters in #MacroSW with Jonathan Singer of Loyola University and Sean Erreger of Stuck on Social Work
- Dec. 22. 2016 - Human Investment
(Documentary Movie) with Laurel Hitchcock of the University of Alabama
at Birmingham & #MacroSW Chat Partner
- Jan. 26, 2017 - Status of Child Welfare Workforce in US with Todd Sage of University of North Dakota
- Feb. 23, 2017 - Indian Child Welfare Act with Melanie Sage of University of North Dakota and National Indian Child Welfare Association
- Mar. 9, 2017 - Mass Incarceration with Becky Anthony and Jennifer Jewell of Salisbury University
- Mar. 30, 2017 - Ethics in #MacroSW Practice with Heather McCabe of Indiana University School of Social Work
- Apr. 20, 2017 - Bullied: The Jamie Nabozny
Story (Documentary Movie) with Laurel Hitchcock of the University of
Alabama at Birmingham & #MacroSW Chat Partner
NASW, CCMC collaborate to address growing demand for health care case managers
Social workers may qualify to take Commission for Case Manager Certification exam
The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are collaborating to address the growing demand for health care case managers by giving more social workers the opportunity to earn the Commission’s Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) credential.
Under the agreement, social workers who qualify for the NASW Case Management Credential will pre-qualify to take the CCMC certification exam for the same fee. For its members, NASW will provide an additional discount.
The collaboration between the oldest and largest case manager certification body and the oldest and largest social work membership organizatio creates new opportunities for bachelor degree-level social workers (and those with advanced degrees) to play an active role in hospitals, health plans, clinics, and other health care settings. The CCM is a cross-cutting certification that validates quality and ethical practice, whether the candidate comes to board certification from nursing, social work, or another allied health field.
Research by the Commission shows a majority of employers surveyed require certification as a condition of employment; more than half value certification enough that they pay the cost to take the rigorous, research-based CCM exam. The Commission also sets the standards for professional ethics through the Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers. Alignment in principals and ideals, expressed in standards of practice and professional conduct, were critical requirements to forge the NASW and Commission collaboration.
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