WHY BE TRAUMA INFORMED?
Trauma is a multifaceted term covering a broad range of distressing events that can cause long lasting emotional and physical effects. It is important to understand the risk factors and symptoms of trauma when serving an at-risk population to better understand how to connect with individuals who may be hesitant about relationships as a result of past adverse experiences. The Topeka Rescue Mission is invested in deepening our knowledge of trauma to help bring hope and healing to individuals who are at their lowest. Our heart is to not only address the physical needs of an individual, but through the power of the Holy Spirit help restore trust-based relationships with each individual that the Lord allows us to minister to through the Topeka Rescue Mission.
STAFF SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
All Topeka Rescue Mission staff receive 8 hours of Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) training upon hire, with refresher training throughout the year. TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk individuals.
Why does addressing trauma through built environment design matter? SAMHSA describes the importance of trauma informed design as the following:
“Trauma informed design is important because it may help lower the elevated levels of a person’s emotional stress or tension that they are feeling. Lowering these levels provides a heightened opportunity for those that have experienced trauma to successfully move forward with their lives."
The Trauma Education & Development (TED) Team has internships available for college students seeking to further their knowledge in trauma and human services, and have the experience to walk alongside individuals experiencing homelessness.