River City Integrative Counseling is implementing tools, resources, and training into every service provided to improve our operations as a trauma-informed organization.
What is Trauma?
Trauma is a term to describe single or multiple distressing events that may have long lasting and harmful effects on a person’s physical and/or emotional well-being. Trauma can be experienced by anyone including individuals we serve, colleagues, and family members, and is a near universal experience for individuals using human services. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
Examples of traumatic events experienced include (but are not limited to):
Violence (witnessing or being the victim of domestic assault)
Natural and human caused disasters (hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.)
War (combat experience) or civil unrest
Sexual abuse or rape
Childhood neglect or abandonment
Assessing for trauma and integrating healing strategies into every aspect of RCIC…from how patients are greeted on the telephone or entering into our office to the development of patient-centered and family-focused treatment plans, being a trauma-informed care organization is expected to improve the quality and impact of our services, increase safety for all, reduce no shows, enhance engagement with the individuals we serve, and reduce employee burnout and turnover.