Very Helpful Notes from "Fundamentals of Trauma Informed Care"

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Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend a workshop on "The Fundamentals of Trauma Informed Care" by Laurie Lockert, MS. I won't rehash all the info that is available on other parts of this website, but I do want to post some very helpful points she made. Attached is a handout about the neurobiology of trauma and the brain.

Her definition of a trigger is: an external event that causes internal discomfort or distress; hint of past trauma; having someone being suddenly reminded of something they don’t want to remember

And here is a list of common triggers in the healthcare setting:

authority figures
sensory cues of past events
lack of power/control
feeling threatened or attacked
caught by surprise
feelings of vulnerability and rejection
sensory overload
shaming

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