Difference between Trauma Informed and Trauma Skilled

Difference between Trauma Informed and Trauma SkilledDifference between Trauma Informed and Trauma Skilled is that the terms “trauma-informed” and “trauma-skilled” both refer to approaches that recognize and respond to the impact of trauma on individuals. But, there are some subtle differences between the two.

Trauma-informed approaches involve a general awareness and understanding of trauma and its potential impact on individuals, organizations, and systems. This approach emphasizes creating a safe and supportive environment that promotes healing, empowerment, and resilience. A trauma-informed approach may involve recognizing trauma as a common experience and providing basic education to staff and stakeholders about trauma and its effects. It also involves promoting a culture of safety, trust, and collaboration that prioritizes the needs and preferences of individuals who have experienced trauma.

On the other hand, a trauma-skilled approach involves a more in-depth understanding and specialized training in trauma and its impact on individuals. Trauma-skilled professionals have a deeper understanding of how trauma affects the brain and body, and they have specific skills and interventions to address trauma-related symptoms and behaviors. Trauma-skilled practitioners may have specialized training in evidence-based treatments for trauma, such as Family Constellations, Emotional Mind Integration(EMI) and Rapid Core Healing(RCH).

In summary, trauma-informed approaches focus on creating a supportive environment that acknowledges the impact of trauma, while trauma-skilled approaches involve specialized training and expertise in treating trauma-related symptoms and behaviors.

Trauma informed is about managing the issue whereas Trauma skilled takes it a step further and helps you in resolving your issue – leaving the issue behind you.

Example of using Family Constellations therapy and Trauma.

A man  turned up to a workshop complaining of periodic freezing of his jaw and an intermittent inability to speak. In asking of his family history –  he said his father and mother had escaped from Europe during the war. After the war – they emigrated and set up a successful life in Australia.

In setting up his family constellation he set up his parents and himself with representatives. His parents were looking away and he was also looking into the distance. There was a big space between each of them as the centre of the family constellation was empty.

We set up  representatives for the people they had left behind (in their home country) and the victims of atrocities committed by the enemy. A  deep grief descended on the room. The constellation proceeded to unfold and express and release emotions. The family members reconnected with each other and their home land.

The man reported a loosening of his jaw. He reported a new sense of freedom and lightness a month later.

Difference between Trauma Informed and Trauma Skilled –

about Systemic Trauma and Family Constellations Therapy

He had been affected by systemic trauma. While in his case it was war and atrocities and loss of their home and their inability to speak out. It could also have been:

  • a famine or
  • colonial issues
  • or being thrown off your land
  • or deep injustice
  • Alternatively, you may be a descendant of those who have been the perpetrators. This may have resulted in you always struggling with feelings of guilt or shame.

Systemic trauma presents itself in different ways in a family constellations’ session:

  • mental health issues
  • illness
  • guilt
  • shame
  • worthlessness. Worthlessness is  often the underlying driver in substance abuse

This is for all nationalities and is pertinent to us here in Australia. The treatment of indigenous people that continues to hold a deep scar and terrible consequences for many present day descendants.

The systemic approach is perfect for systemic trauma. If the issue is caused by a systemic trauma or Trans-generational Trauma and it fades after a Family Constellation as the autonomous nervous system of the client starts to recover as order and dignity is restored. in acknowledging the roots of the trauma and those involved – somehow the energy of it dissipates and frees those in the present from its burden.

Systemic Family Constellations and Family Constellations are the same therapy. It is an alternative approach to therapy that works quickly by helping to resolve the issue rather than just talking about it.

Read “Rapid Core Healing” for more details, research and case studies HERE

Find out more about constellations or book into a workshop, private session or Family Constellations training HERE

Yildiz Sethi, Master Counselling, B.Ed. also Teaches Family Constellations (which includes processing of trauma)