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Week 7: Pause! Trauma was not your Fault, Recovery is your Responsibility: What is Trauma Informed?

Hello again in our "52 Weeks of Holistic Trauma Recovery." This week, I’m DL Blanding, bringing you a moment of clarity in our recovery journey.  Let’s dive into the topic of what Trauma Informed really is all about. 

Let’s begin this week with a statement that truly blessed me in my journey to recover.  Once I faced the fact that I would always be recovering my healing truly began. Hope you let this quote from an article written by Brianna West, pour the soothing salve on your heart and jump start your recovery process.  If not you then pass it on to someone in need of a lifeline. 

“What happened to you was not your fault. It was not something you asked for, it was not something you deserved. What happened to you was not fair. You were merely collateral damage on someone else's warpath, an innocent bystander who got wrecked out of proximity.”

Trauma-informed practice is an approach that recognizes the widespread impact of trauma on individuals’ lives. It emphasizes understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma-informed practice seeks to avoid re-traumatization of those who have experienced trauma and to promote environments of recovery and support rather than practices that may inadvertently cause harm. (Awareness)

Here are some core principles of a trauma-informed approach that promotes harmony, sustained recovery and successful outcomes.  We must always remember that Trauma is not the person's fault. We must be very careful not to misread an individual simply because an action triggered a defense response from them.  

Safety: Ensuring physical and emotional safety for all parties. This involves creating a safe environment where individuals feel secure and they are and they feel respected. This also includes the manner in which we interact with one another. Respectful communication is the key to gaining clarity and understanding. 

Trustworthiness and Transparency: Building trust by making operations and decisions transparent. Following-up and doing what you say you are going to do is extremely important to a person that is re-building themselves and building healthy communications with others after experiencing Trauma. This includes clear communication and consistency in practice.

Peer Support: Encouraging and facilitating peer support and mutual self-help among those who have experienced trauma. This can enhance recovery and build mutual trust. 

Collaboration and Mutuality: Promoting true partnership and leveling power differences. Recognizing that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach.

Empowerment, Voice, and Choice: Recognizing the strengths of individuals and groups, and empowering them by validating their experiences and promoting resilience. This involves providing choices and fostering a belief in individuals’ ability to recover.

Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: The approach actively moves past cultural stereotypes and biases, offers gender-responsive services, leverages the healing value of traditional cultural connections, and recognizes and addresses historical trauma.

A trauma-informed approach also understands the potential paths for recovery and recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals, families, staff, groups and others. By acknowledging the role that trauma plays in people’s lives, organizations can reframe behaviors and attitudes, apply a trauma lens to their practices, and create more supportive systems that address the complex needs of trauma survivors.

This approach seeks to promote resilience and healing rather than exacerbating trauma symptoms. Now we transform Survivors into Thrivers. 


At the Oasis Wellness Holistic Academy, we understand the critical role of trauma education plays in trauma recovery. We offer resources, workshops, and support to help you navigate the woes of Trauma. Our holistic approach is designed to complement your overall recovery journey, ensuring that you're supported both mentally and physically. 

Join our private FaceBook group, Total Mind-Body Realignment Post Trauma for discovery, support, realignment and recovery, where we continue to grow, learn, and recover together. 

If you're looking for guidance or support in this area, the Oasis Wellness Centers Recovery Programs are here for you. Join us and discover how support in your journey to recovery and realignment is a major factor in helping you to reach your goal and maintain.

Next week, we will dive into another crucial aspect of trauma recovery. Until then, remember to keep taking those steps towards your recovery. The Oasis Wellness Center is here to support you every step of the way. Schedule your free 20 minute discovery support session today.

Remember: Trauma was not your Fault, however Recovery is your Responsibility.