FITT Model: Traumatic Context


In the FITT Model, traumatic context refers to the heightened safety concerns and stress reactions caused by multiple traumatic experiences, on-going threats, and the depletion of resources needed for recovery and stable family functioning. Understanding the context in which families experience trauma is critical to matching, staging, and sequencing appropriate services to meet families’ needs and optimize positive outcomes.

One example of a traumatic context, as illustrated in this figure, is urban poverty. Families living in urban poverty often contend with exposure to multiple traumas and experience their environments as containing multiple dangers and traumatic reminders.