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What Trauma Informed Care Looks Like At SARA

From the Direct Services Team

What Trauma Informed Care Looks Like At SARA

  1. Gonzalez, Advocacy Coordinator

At SARA we approach trauma-informed care through the lens and understanding of trauma as an experience of an event or set of events that has a long-lasting effect on an individual. (https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov/userfiles/files/SAMHSA_Trauma.pdf ) Instead of asking what is wrong with a person, we ask what happened to that person. Additionally, we work to understand the brain science behind trauma and how the predictable brain impacts our decision making and emotions. (https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them?language=en )

Moreover, trauma informed care is about creating systems and communities focused on building resilience. There is no such thing as innate resiliency; instead, resilience is nurtured, primarily through healthy relationships, where there is trust, predictability, and consistency. The work we do with clients at SARA is done in the context of building a safe space, free of judgement, healthy boundaries, and where survivors are believed, and their experiences are validated. We walk side by side with clients, supporting their decisions and giving them the tools, they need to begin their journey of healing.

Finally, it is vital to recognize, especially in the context of this work, the impact of vicarious trauma. Therefore, self-care routines and consistent, predictable support structures are important and necessary to the overall health of the staff and agency.

If you are in need of a moment of self-care, here is a favorite 5-minute mediation that the SARA Direct Services Team enjoys.




La atención informada sobre traumatismos en la Agencia de Recursos de Asalto Sexual

  1. Gonzalez, Coordinadora de Defensa

En SARA enfatizamos la atención informada sobre el trauma a través de la lente y la comprensión del trauma como una experiencia de un evento o conjunto de eventos que tiene un efecto duradero en un individuo. En lugar de preguntar qué le pasa a una persona, le preguntamos qué le sucedió. Además, trabajamos para comprender la ciencia del cerebro detrás del trauma y cómo el cerebro predecible impacta nuestra toma de decisiones y nuestras emociones. (https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them/transcript?language=en )

Además, la atención informada sobre el trauma se trata de crear sistemas y comunidades enfocados en desarrollar la resiliencia. No existe la resiliencia innata; en cambio, esta se nutre, principalmente a través de relaciones saludables, donde hay confianza, previsibilidad y coherencia. El trabajo que hacemos con los clientes en SARA se realiza en el contexto de la construcción de un espacio seguro, libre de juicios, límites saludables y donde se cree a los sobrevivientes y se validan sus experiencias. Caminamos codo a codo con los clientes, apoyándolos en sus decisiones y dándoles las herramientas que necesitan para comenzar su viaje de curación.

Finalmente, es vital reconocer, especialmente en el contexto de este trabajo, el impacto del trauma indirecto. Por lo tanto, las rutinas de autocuidado y las estructuras de apoyo consistentes y predecibles son importantes y necesarias para la salud general del personal y la agencia. Si necesita un momento de cuidado personal, aquí tiene una mediación favorita: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DikOLrIn3Co .


About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

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