Trauma Focused Counseling

We recognize the signs of trauma in individuals seeking services and therefore use the universal precautions approach. We are committed to safety and healing through resistance in the re-traumatization of participants.

We have adopted the concept and framework for trauma-informed treatment as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"Individual trauma results 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, and spiritual being." (SAMHSA, 2014)

We use inclusive trauma-specific interventions which are designed to work alongside each participant, providing a calming and accepting environment. We promote resilience and recovery for individuals and families impacted by trauma and addiction.

SAMHSA's 6 Key Principles:

  1. Safety
  2. Trustworthiness and Transparency
  3. Peer Support
  4. Collaboration and Mutuality
  5. Empowerment, Voice and Choice
  6. Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

Each staff member at Restoring Hope, from the administrative staff to the founding partners, have completed an initial trauma-informed competency training program and continue to receive on-going trainings, creating a culture of hope and healing throughout the recovery process.