Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Resources
Trauma-Informed Care has emerged as an alternative to the more traditional hierarchical medical model of service delivery that involves presumed authority and use of coercive policies and practices. Trauma-Informed Care was developed with the growing recognition of the high prevalence of exposure to traumatic events that is found in people who seek services from health, mental health, and social service agencies.
Recognition of and advocacy for basic human rights are fundamental social work values. In addition to the basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, education, and health care, human rights also encompass dignity, privacy, and the opportunity to achieve one’s full potential. People who seek services from health, mental health, and social service agencies because they have experienced child abuse, domestic abuse, community disasters or homelessness, for example, are likely to have had their rights violated and lived through traumatic events. The UBSSW faculty upholds the importance of educating students to be aware of and responsive to policies, programs, and practices that address and augment human rights, as well as to be advocates for change when violations occur.
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