What are Trauma-Informed Workplaces?
We believe that healing and recovery from trauma and exploitation is possible for each man and woman, regardless of current vulnerability. TMP aims to instill hope by providing opportunities to work in a safe environment and to be involved at all levels of the business. We focus on an individual’s strengths and resilience, and we encourage them to articulate future goals.
WHY DOES TMP’S WORKPLACE NEED TO BE TRAUMA-INFORMED?
Many among TMP’s target population have faced multiple traumas, even before their latest experience of trauma or of being exploited or trafficked. Earlier experiences might have included childhood abuse and neglect, separation from family members, abandonment, violent relationships, or witnessing domestic violence.
This reality necessitates that we understand the following about trauma:
As the TMP workplace embraces a trauma-informed ethos, the dignity of each person is reinforced. Committed to instilling a genuine hope of healing, we strive to make healing a tangible reality. The previous dehumanizing experiences of our employees are replaced each day with trauma-informed engagement that demonstrates respect, safety (emotional, psychological, and physical), healthy autonomy, and community.
Creating a trauma-informed organization is a fluid, ongoing process. Demographics of the affected individuals change across time, exposure to specific types of trauma may become more prevalent, and knowledge of evidence-based practices will continue to advance. The TMP workplace will continue to demonstrate a commitment to compassionate and effective practices and organizational reassessments, and we recognize that adjustments will be required to meet the needs of employees with histories of trauma.
KEY ASSUMPTIONS AND PRINCIPLES OF TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES
We follow the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s concept of a trauma-informed approach, which is grounded in four assumptions and six key principles.