SAMHSA Webinars: Advancing Seclusion-Free, Restraint-Free Trauma-Informed Care

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During the month of August 2012, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), broadcast a series of webinars titled Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint Through Trauma-Informed Practices. Visit the NASMHPD website for directions to access the webinars.  


Trauma-informed care can be defined as mental health treatment (and interventions) that is directed with a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, and social effects of trauma and violence on an individual and with an appreciation for the high incidence of traumatic experiences among people who receive mental health services (Murphy & Bennington-Davis, 2005).


In the language of the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program, it may be helpful to think of the effects of trauma as Precipitating Factors. Increasing our awareness about trauma and the impact it can have on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior can be very useful for staff when planning interventions.


Each of the webinars features staff who have been instrumental in implementing trauma-informed care within their settings. They share their successes and challenges. One common theme is the necessity of making the implementation organizationwide, and that implementation effects a cultural shift in how staff approach and interact with the individuals they support on a daily basis. The focus is on person-centered, strength-based planning. 

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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”