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Trauma and adverse life events can have pervasive behavioural, neurological, emotional, developmental, cognitive and social effects on children, young people and adults.

There is increasing awareness of the importance of specialist tools, methods and approaches to help people heal, grow and achieve their best following adverse life events.

They are captured in 'trauma-aware', 'trauma-informed' and 'trauma-responsive' approaches, and bring focus to the role of caregivers, teachers, supporting adults and systems being agents of growth and healing.

The degree these approaches are consistently implemented across multiple members of a person's support team can often be low (even after extensive training). This includes across schools, care teams, parents, caregivers and professionals. This is not the optimal growth environment for healing and growth outcomes.

At LBI Foundation, we are focused on the sustainable 'implementation' of the science of wellbeing, growth and trauma. Through collaborations with numerous researchers, practitioners and community leaders, we have critically reviewed the science of wellbeing and trauma-informed practice (or care). Through this, we have tested and refined specialist methods to equip and empower individuals, communities and systems to implement this knowledge, a guided by the approach and set of methods of intentional practice. This is what we have learnt. 

To sustainably build whole-of-life outcomes for people impacted by trauma (or adverse life events), communities need to come together around a unifying vision, approach and set of intentional actions (based upon trauma and wellbeing science). A unifying vision and aspiration we hold and share are ‘trauma-responsive communities’. This is a community that provides a holding and growth environment for members to re-experience safety and trust, and to provide them the resources and skills to heal, grow and achieve their best.

What are Trauma Responsive Communities?

These are schools, programs, regions or agencies who understand trauma and its impact, and can intentionally apply best-practice approaches and strategies that are integrated with existing wisdom, strengths and initiatives to deliver local healing and growth outcomes.

Trauma responsive communities are equipped and empowered.

Their members have both clarity and skills to provide a safe, supportive and growth environment. That is, to enable those who have been impacted by trauma and adverse life events to re-experience safety and trust, and to provide them the resources and skills to heal, grow and achieve their best.

How do you build trauma-responsive communities?

A Key 'How' Pillar: Trauma Responsive Practices

A key pillar to build trauma-responsive communities is to equip and empower  individuals, communities and systems, from caregivers to leaders, with knowledge and skills to implement trauma-responsive practices in the way they teach, care for and help those they are entrusted to support.

We define trauma-responsive practice as a relationship focused approach and set of intentional actions.

As an approach, it is focused on supporting adults, communities and systems understanding and bringing ongoing awareness to the unique needs and contexts of humans, with a particular focus on trauma and
adverse life experiences, and their behavioural, neurological, emotional, developmental, cognitive and social effects.

Through this awareness, we define trauma-responsive practice as a set of intentional actions (or expressed skills) where supporting adults, communities and systems bring focus to and action five key areas of intent. 

Five Key Intents

These intents provide an organising framework to name and strengthen existing strategies, and identify areas of ongoing growth or development to build a trauma-responsive community. This includes, supporting adults, programs and systems:

  • Taking a Personalised and Broad Understanding – bringing deep and individualised reflections of how presentations and behaviours are adaptations or coping responses to trauma needs and contexts.
  • Side-By-Side Support (Safe Base) – the catalyst for growth and healing outcomes are side-by-side relationships, that provide a base of safety, stability and growth.
  • Responding to Need (Safety and Trust) – intentionally 'responding' to the ‘under the surface’ factors and needs that drive behaviour, and uplifting safety and trust at all times. As opposed to 'reacting' to or focusing just on surface presentation or behaviour.
  • Building Capacity (Growth and Upskilling) – bringing a growth intent to equipping and empowering community members to build the awareness, skills and mindsets for healing, growth and thriving life outcomes (including post-traumatic growth if desired).
  • Collaborating with Shared Intent (Growth Planning) – building collaboration and shared growth solutions between the support team and person being supported.

These five areas of intent can be brought to focus and actioned by caregivers, teachers, practitioners, leaders and systems.

LBI Foundation and Trauma Responsive Communities (and Practices)

LBI Foundation have exclusive rights to the IMPACT Program.

IMPACT takes these five intents into action. It offers a practical approach, method and set of tools to enable the science of trauma-responsive practice (and wellbeing) to be understood and applied by children, adults, communities and systems.

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