Many of our patients have experienced some type of trauma in their life.
The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care describes trauma:
Traumatic experiences can be dehumanizing, shocking or terrifying….and often include betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety. Trauma can result from experiences of violence. Trauma includes physical, sexual and institutional abuse, neglect, intergenerational trauma, and disasters that induce powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness, and a constant state of alert. Trauma impacts one’s spirituality and relationships with self, others, communities and environment, often resulting in recurring feelings of shame, guilt, rage, isolation, and disconnection. Healing is possible.
At Meridell Achievement Center, we embrace a culture of Trauma-Informed Care. We take into account that many of our patients have experienced some type of trauma in their life. We screen patients to understand past trauma. Within our milieus, or therapeutic environments, staff members pursue treatment with compassion. This reduces patients’ fears and anxieties, which results in reducing dangerous behaviors. Our outcome is decreased protective holds and seclusions. Our approach to trauma-informed care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in the lives of our children and adolescents.