Prevention Tactics Vol. 9, Iss. 14
Topic: Capacity Building, Community Norms, Cultural Competence and Responsiveness, Environmental Prevention, High Risk Youth, Mental Health
Trauma is an important concept for the prevention field because it is a risk factor for substance use disorders and other behavioral health challenges. A strong understanding of trauma can enhance both direct and indirect prevention services. This Prevention Tactic describes the impact of trauma on individuals and communities; defines the key components of a trauma-informed approach, and how they differ from current prevention efforts; and provides examples from cities that are using a trauma-informed approach to whole community wellness.