103: Plenary Address | Fine-Tuning Trauma Informed Care

Hosted By: Dr. Patti van Eys, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at van Eys Mental Health

Breakout Sessions

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) has moved many service systems to awareness and appreciation of how childhood and adult adversities cause harm to people’s mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health and development. Universal trauma screening is now often the norm. This plenary address considers positive aspects of TIC, as well as unintended limitations. We’ll explore possible expansions to TIC that focus on the power of relationships, compassion, whole person well-being, and leveraging strengths within community and systems. This plenary introduces ideas from alternative models like Healing Centered Engagement that still asks “What Happened to You?”, but adds “What’s Right with You?”


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review main principles of TIC and gain an enhanced way to think about TIC.
  2. Scrutinize the messages we give that may inadvertently emphasize treating trauma symptoms over strengthening the roots of well-being.
  3. Explore compassion as an essential ingredient to TIC.