Our Guiding Principles
As it has been adapted from the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fit within the context of church ministry, the concept of a trauma-informed approach would mean that “a program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed”:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and provides practical ministry interventions as well as support for ongoing mental health interventions.
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in the children, youth, men, and women it ministers to, as well as the effects that living with a traumatized individual has on all relationships – marriage, family, work, and social.
- Responds to the needs within its worshipping community and the needs of its neighbors by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into church and ministry policies, procedures, and practices.
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization that can occur when appropriate recognition and intervention is not wed with compassion and a commitment to stabilizing relationships and supportive structures that de-stigmatize mental health issues.