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Case Study: Trauma-Informed Care for IDD

Pictured below from left to right is Laura Saenz, Jan Brown, Dr. Karen Harvey, and Lisa Flores.

Laura Saenz and Lisa Flores, both graduates of the Texas Partners in Policy Class of 2018 attended a two-day train-the-trainer in San Marco’s Texas and were certified in Trauma Informed Care. Trauma Informed Care ID/IDD is for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). These individuals experience abuse, neglect, institutional restraint, and seclusion, abandonment, bullying, and other forms of maltreatment at higher rates than the general population. Failure to recognize the impact and role of trauma associated with these experiences (and the challenging behavior exhibited by some individuals with IDD) can exacerbate past trauma and cause new trauma. Both of these circumstances can compromise their ability to meet their potential.

Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes the physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Laura and Lisa conducted their first Trauma Informed Care training to 35 members of the Texas Partners in Policymaking Class of 2019 on August 10th at TCEA in Austin, Texas.