As we begin to recognize the widespread effects of Trauma we have a responsibility to be trauma informed. The research is slowly building around trauma and its lifelong impact on our wellbeing. As clergy we are oftentimes faced with congregants who are addressing trauma in their lives. In order to serve our communities effectively we must begin to implement trauma informed practices in order to care for our communities in healthy ways. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization."
*STS- Secondary traumatic stress is the effect of cumulative exposure to traumatic experiences described by others to service providers. VT- Vicarious Trauma is the