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Indigenous Cultural Safety

A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization. Trauma-informed services are distinct from traumaspecific interventions, which are designed to address the need for healing from traumatic life experiences and facilitate trauma recovery through specialized counselling or other clinical interventions. Trauma-informed practice will look different in every organization based on the types of services offered and the resources available. Benefits of trauma-informed practice can include: • Improved access to services, e.g., early help-seeking, higher rates of completing treatment, higher engagement in preventative services, increased satisfaction with services • Improved staff retention and higher satisfaction with employment, e.g., less burnout or compassion fatigue, less vicarious trauma • Promotion of health equity, i.e., supports the development of programs and services that reflect the needs, concerns, and preferences of diverse groups. Although there are many different implementation routes, developing an awareness of the key principles of trauma-informed practice at both the individual and organizational levels is an important first step. These key principles include: 1. Trauma Awareness 2. Safety and Trustworthiness 3. Choice, Collaboration, and Connection 4. Strengths Based and Skill Building