Trauma-Informed Care 2017-12-07T07:43:14+00:00

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment approach that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. The Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc. is dedicated to a trauma-informed framework. Our staff is trained to recognize the widespread impact of trauma and to understand potential paths for recovery while fully integrating knowledge about trauma policies, procedures, and practices.

Our trauma-informed service system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with our agency including children, adolescents, adults, families, caregivers, and service providers. Our agency collaborates with all those who are involved with the victim/survivor by utilizing a trauma-informed approach to maximize physical and psychological safety, facilitate the recovery of the victim, and support her/his desire to thrive.

The VRC is dedicated to a trauma-informed perspective including routine screens for trauma exposure and related symptoms; and the utilization of evidence-based, culturally responsive assessment and treatment programs for traumatic stress and associated mental health symptoms with referrals for therapeutic intervention. We provide resources to children, adolescents, adults, families, and providers on trauma exposure, its impact, and treatment. Our staff prioritizes efforts to strengthen the resilience and protective factors of children and families impacted by and vulnerable to trauma. Our program addresses parent and caregiver trauma and its impact on the family system, emphasizing continuity of care and collaboration across all service systems. The VRC also maintains an environment of care for staff and volunteers that addresses, minimizes, and treats secondary traumatic stress focusing on the health and wellness of both staff members and volunteers.

Our trauma-informed organizational structure adheres to the principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach including safety (first, during, and the aftercare stage of intervention), client confidentiality and organizational transparency, client and peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment (voice & choice), while understanding and embracing cultural, historical, and gender issues.

We understand your need to be respected, informed, connected, and empowered during your recovery from traumatic event(s) and crisis. We also understand the interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. We all need to work in a collaborative way with you, your family, support systems, and other community agencies during this journey. We recognize the need of bringing the community to YOU.

You are not alone.

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