Application of Trauma-Informed Care approach in ABMSBC
Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach to deliver service with an understanding of trauma and its impact it can have to service users. It involves viewing trauma through an ecological perspective which includes both the individual level, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and community levels, Adverse Community Environments (ACEs). The TIC approach has widely promoted in various settings in the western countries and some welfare agencies in Hong Kong. Due to the profound effect of ACEs on children, the trauma-informed strategies are particularly relevant to professionals working with the children. The ABMSBC has taken up the challenge recently in applying the TIC approach in the world of education, from kindergarten to secondary schools. Approaching education with an understanding of the physiological, social, emotional, and academic impacts of trauma and adversity on our students is promising. Still, relevant changes in our educational systems may not be ready. We expect resistance from our servicing schools of our initiative to propose the application of applying Trauma-informed School (TIS) ideas at a whole school level. On the other hand, the promising result from the pioneers in the west and the urgency to address the deteriorating mental health among the young generation makes all the effort meaningful. The positive response from our staff to the TIC and TIS approaches during the training workshops, and the overall positive feedback from our service users during the pilot phase of its implementation have laid down a promising foundation for future development. Becoming trauma-informed in our professional practice is a process of learning and adjustment, and it is a worthwhile process. The service of this approach is mainly delivered by Mr. Eddie LO Chak Chuen, our Clinical Psychologist.