Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services
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Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services

Kate Portman-Thompson Director of Therapies, Vestige Healthcare Group Ltd, West Bromwich, Dudley and Nuneaton, West Midlands, England, and founder of New Horizons Therapy Services, North Yorkshire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your awareness of the link between trauma and mental health conditions

  • To understand how you could implement the principles of trauma-informed care in your practice

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

It has been recognised that trauma underpins several mental health conditions, and that retraumatisation, in which a person re-experiences a traumatic event, is common in mental health services.

This article explores the effects of childhood trauma on adult mental distress, and describes the symptoms and behaviours associated with trauma. Mental health practitioners, services and organisations need to ensure trauma-informed care is standard practice to enable service users to move beyond the traumatic events they have experienced. Trauma-informed care should be viewed as a concept rather than an intervention to promote a cultural shift from what is ‘wrong’ with a person to what has happened to them.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1443

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Portman-Thompson K (2020) Implementing trauma-informed care in mental health services. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1443

Published online: 07 April 2020

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