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What is Mapping Families’ Traumatic Context?
Mapping Families’ Traumatic Context is the practice of identifying the family’s history of trauma exposures and the environmental influences that impact their responses.

What is this component based on?
Clinicians working with families exposed to trauma and traumatic contexts should use an ecological approach to understanding the complex interplay of trauma-related distress and stress stemming from living in harsh circumstances.  Mapping helps the clinician and family recognize that the family’s context impacts the family’s responses, functioning and attempts to adapt to traumatic events and their circumstances.

Mapping will improve your ability to:

  • • Explore characteristics of trauma exposure (duration, intensity, proximity, chronicity).
  • • Identify ongoing safety concerns and stressors.
  • • Map out needed resources and supports to maximize trauma recovery.
  • • Highlight existing strengths within the family’s community.

To learn more about clinical competencies related to Mapping, go to:
FITT Clinician Knowledge Attitudes and Skills Self-Assessment

Tools for Mapping:

  1. NCTSN Family Trauma Tipsheet for Providers
  2. NCTSN Trauma and Your Family Tipsheet
  3. Mapping Family Resilience Chart coming soon

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