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Trauma-Informed Organizational Change

While there is a multitude of information and articles about trauma-informed care, and resources focusing on changing the culture of an organization, very few have walked through the step-by-step process. This is where Blue Collar Consulting comes in. No matter where you are in your change process, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation to determine how we can be of assistance!


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What is a Trauma-Informed Organization?

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma-Informed Approach: A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed, realizes the widespread impact of trauma, and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.

Six Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach...

A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures. These principles may be generalizable across multiple types of settings, although terminology and application may be setting or sector-specific.

  1. Safety

  2. Trustworthiness & Transparency

  3. Peer Support

  4. Collaboration & Mutuality

  5. Empowerment, Voice & Choice

  6. Culture, Historical & Gender Issues

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

“ACEs” stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences or Adverse Community Environments. The term comes from a 1998 study by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which studied 17,000 people to better understand how abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction during childhood affect adult health outcomes and behaviors. 

Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)

While there has been a great deal of focus on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), there is an emerging and growing movement focused on Positive Childhood Experience.  The focus on ACEs is to identify and be aware of the potential lifelong impact of ACEs, and ultimately to mitigate ACEs and reduce further traumas. We now know that increasing Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) helps build resilience in children who have experienced trauma. Just as there is a negative dose-response associated with ACEs, conversely, the more PCEs a child gets, the better their adult mental health is likely to be.


The 7 PCEs are: 

  1. The ability to talk with family about feelings. 

  2. The sense that family is supportive during difficult times. 

  3. The enjoyment of participation in community traditions. 

  4. Feeling a sense of belonging in high school. 

  5. Feeling supported by friends. 

  6. Having at least two non-parent adults who genuinely cared. 

  7. Feeling safe and protected by an adult in the home. 

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