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What is a trauma?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2019), “Trauma and violence are widespread, harmful, and costly public health concerns. SAMHSA describes individual trauma as resulting from “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.”

What does racism have to do with trauma?

Racism is a traumatic experience, that is perpetuated by White supremacy. In America, White supremacy, is ingrained into our society and culture both consciously and unconsciously. Therefore, it devalues the oppressor, by causing shame and guilt, and the oppressed by minimizing their humanity and dignity. Racism is a systematic issue, which requires systematic change at the institutional level by self-aware, optimistic, and healthy people.

​What is a “Systems-Based" Perspective?

​The Systems-Based Perspective is a hallmark of the social work profession. It is the simplest way to have a grounded perspective of seeing the person in their environment. It holistically examines the person or an organization’s eco-system such as their social, environmental, cultural, political, historical, and economic influences.

What is a “Strengths-Based" Perspective?

Rather than pathologized individual’s responses to adversity or trauma, a strengths-based perspective focuses on an individual’s toughness and potential to flourish. This perspective examines maladaptive behaviors as survival mechanisms that can be cultivated. Hence, the focus shifts from deficits towards potential and self-determination.

What is a “Trauma-Informed Approach”?

The “Trauma-Informed Approach” states that individuals, families, groups, and even organizations function more efficiently and effectively if they realize, recognize, and respond to the presence of trauma within the system. This approach is beneficial as it promotes transparency, collaboration, embraces individuality, and pushes back against the status quo to achieve social justice.

The advantages of the Trauma-Informed Approach include:

  • Promote empathy within the workplace
  • Creates an environment of safety, and trustworthiness
  • Improves interpersonal relationships within the workplace
  • Makes the workplace safer physically and emotionally
  • Contributes to individuals and organizational resiliency
  • Diminishes re-traumatization possibilities
  • Improves employee morale and sense of community

What is the difference between “Equity and Equality”?

​“Equality” means that all individuals within the same system are provided with equal support to achieve their goals. However, “Equity” states that every individual within the same system is provided with the required support to achieve the same goal.

What is a “Family-Friendly Workplace”?

A Family-Friendly Workplace is a pro-employee workplace, where the policies and procedures of the employer make it easier for employees to meet both their work obligations and family obligations thus promoting the wellness, physical and emotional health of employees and making this community a better place. Moreover, this is one of the best practices for preventing adverse childhood experiences.

Some common Family-Friendly Workplace policies include:

  • Flexitime
  • Remote working
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid personal time leave
  • Paid parental leaves
  • Day-care facilities at work
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Adoption benefits
  • Livable wages
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage

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