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Psychology Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd)

Becoming Trauma Informed

edited by Nancy Poole & Lorraine Greaves

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mental Health, General
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Most people accessing mental health and addiction services have experienced trauma. For those working in community services, treatment agencies and hospitals, providing "trauma-informed care" requires an understanding of the effects of trauma, and of how to create programs, spaces and policies that place priority on trauma survivors' safety, choice and control. 


Becoming Trauma Informed describes trauma-informed practice at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. This multi-authored collection brings together the voices of those who have integrated trauma-informed principles into various mental health and addiction treatment and social service environments, and of the diverse groups with which they work.  


Becoming Trauma Informed is an important resource for those who are working, or who are planning to work as addiction and mental health practitioners and program and system planners.

About the authors

Nancy Poole is a Research Associate and research network developer with the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and a doctoral student with the University of South Australia studying virtual knowledge translation on women's health and substance use. She has a CIHR fellowship with the IMPART program, a training program in Gender, Women and Addictions. Nancy is engaged on several research teams undertaking policy relevant research related to women's substance use, and is well known for collaborations on addictions policy, service design and research with governments and organizations across Canada. She is an editor, with Dr. Lorraine Greaves, of Highs and Lows: Current Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. Nancy recently completed a Master's degree in Distributed Learning at Royal Roads University and is currently pursuing doctoral studies.

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Lorraine Greaves is the Executive Director of the Health System Strategy Division in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario. She was formerly Executive Director of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) and the Director, Women's Health Research Development at BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Her research focuses on girls` and women's addictions and substance use with a particular interest in substance use during pregnancy and tobacco use among girls and women. As a founding Co-Leader of the WHRN, she lead the development of the surveillance node and produced a gendered data directory tool which will improve access to data sources for researchers interested in advancing women's health in BC.

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