Trauma-Informed Treatment

Trauma-informed treatment refers to an approach in the provision of mental health services, which takes into consideration an understanding of trauma and its impact across multiple settings, not just its impact on the individual. Trauma has a rippling effect that impacts those around the individual, including friends, family, coworkers, and communities. This may even have cultural and generational impacts. Within the criminal justice system, trauma may be present among several groups of individuals who could benefit from trauma-informed treatment. The most commonly acknowledged and understood group are the victims of crimes. Other groups that may experience trauma include offenders, judges, victims’ advocates, and law enforcement personnel. It is not uncommon for offenders to have experienced multiple traumas prior to their involvement with the criminal justice ...

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