Trauma-Informed Principles and Family Informed Practices

  • Key Practice Guidelines for Family Services
  • Trauma-Informed Principles


Key Practice Guidelines for Family Services

    • Conduct comprehensive systemic family assessment to drive goal-directed treatment planning

    • Partner with family to determine preference, readiness, and facilitate shared decision-making

    • Design services to be accessible, flexible and individualized to families’ needs and circumstances

    • Attend to family’s developmental status while being responsive to developmental needs of individual adult and child family members

    • Mobilize family resources, i.e. nurturing relationships, protective skills, ability to maintain predictable routines and effective structure, communication/problem solving skills, social network, to support growth and recovery.


Trauma-Informed Principles

    • Promote safety for all family members.

    • Assess and address the multiple pathways along which exposure to chronic and acute stress impacts family systems

    • Infuse trauma-informed family engagement strategies that reduce barriers to accessing treatment/services

    • Recognize the family’s traumatic context to a.) enhance their capacity to navigate multiple systems in ways that minimize daily hassles, system demands, and social/public incivilities, and b.) assist them in arriving at a shared meaning of their trauma story.

    • Educate the family on the impact of trauma on individual and family functioning.

    • Recognize a range of possible traumatic responses including thriving, resilience, acute, post, chronic and complex traumatic stress.

    • Optimize the strengths of the family’s cultural/ethnic backgrounds and religious or spiritual affiliations and beliefs to support recovery.

    • Augment protective factors that reduce the adverse impacts of trauma exposure, limit future risk and promote well-being across the family system.

    • Address impact of trauma work with families on providers and their systems.