Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma is the exposure to one or more events that overload the brain. It includes later internalization of many feelings—including powerlessness, helplessness, and loss of safety—and can lead to heightened stress and anxiety. Trauma can be individual (e.g., losing a family member) or collective (e.g., experiencing a pandemic or natural disaster). See The ASHA Leader article, "A Pandemic’s Pain: The Need for Trauma-Informed Services for Children."

Mental health needs of practitioners, as well as clients, patients, and students have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2022 Stress in America poll revealed serious national and financial stressors, widespread grief and sense of loss, continued hardships for vulnerable populations, caregivers’ concerns for children’s development, and entrenched, unhealthy coping habits. 

A trauma-informed model of care ensures the emotional and physical safety of those receiving services and the wellness of those providing such services. This model emphasizes the need for behavioral health practitioners and their professional organizations to recognize the prevalence and pervasive impact of trauma on their lives and on the lives of the people they serve—and to develop trauma-sensitive or trauma-responsive services. 

ASHA Virtual Town Halls on Trauma

Supporting Your Well-Being
In this discussion, panelists describe the differences between wellness, resiliency, and secondary trauma, and identify strategies and tools to mitigate and anticipate burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma.

Discussing Trauma-Informed Care With Clients, Patients, and Students
Panelists share ASHA and other resources—as well as tools and strategies that assistants, audiologists and SLPs can use to provide trauma-informed care in clinical practice.

Resources on Trauma

Resources for Audiologists

ASHA Resources

Additional Audiology Resources

Resources for SLPs Working With Children and Youth

These ASHA resources may be helpful in supporting your clinical service delivery for children and families. Additional resources are also helpful with interprofessional education and interprofessional practice (IPE/IPP).

ASHA Resources

Additional SLP Resources

Resources for SLPs Working With Adults

ASHA Resources

Additional Resources

Resources on Mental Health

ASHA Corporate Partners