People displaced by war, natural disasters, extreme poverty or persecution face complex challenges as they leave their homelands to settle in new places. Many are subjected to traumatic experiences before, during and after migrating to an unfamiliar land. Caregivers serving displaced people should understand the impact of trauma and how to provide care that is trauma-informed.
American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) National Center on Family Homelessness has developed a new resource to address this need: Trauma-Informed Care for Displaced Populations: A Guide for Community-Based Service Providers. Adapted from The National Center’s Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit, the guide features a self-assessment tool to move organizations that serve displaced people toward becoming trauma-informed.
The guide can be used by organizations that work with families, youth, unaccompanied minors and individuals in settings such as outpatient settings, mental health, transitional housing programs, shelters and schools.
Population of focus: Organizations that serve displaced people
Links to resource:
- Full report — Trauma-Informed Care for Displaced Populations: A Guide for Community-Based Service Providers (pdf)
- Summary of report on the AIR website