Trauma Informed Care Initiative
FPCN is committed to the creation of a trauma-informed system of care that continually recognizes and responds to the impact of traumatic stress on all those who have contact with the organization, including children, adults, families, caregivers, and staff. FPCN seeks to infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge and skills through every aspect of the organizational culture.
FPCN aspires to embrace a trauma informed approach consistent with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) definition of a trauma informed system, one that:
Realizes: realizes widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
Recognizes: recognizes signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved with the system
Responds: responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
Resists: seeks to actively resist re-traumatization
As a provider of healthcare, a trauma informed approach is critical to our ability to offer the best care possible. Many individuals have experienced trauma in the healthcare context, and certain activities that occur in a healthcare setting can be triggering for people. FPCN was built on the conviction that everyone deserves high quality healthcare in a setting where you feel taken care of, respected, and like your wishes are honored. FPCN seeks to be a network of centers in which all members of our community feel physically and emotionally safe, and like their opinions matter.
Watch these videos to learn more about the impact of childhood trauma over the lifespan, as well as organizational changes involved with becoming a trauma-informed organization:
FPCN Supports Black Lives Matter
“Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN) was founded on and stands for the premise that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Similarly, we at FPCN will uphold that Black Lives Matter as a right, not a privilege. And our entire staff commits every day to creating multi-racial communities where high quality, trauma-informed healthcare is available to all. Our daily efforts build on our history to make real, an anti-racist, trauma-informed culture where the dignity and self-worth of our staff and patients are seen, celebrated, and a right, not a privilege. ” ~ quoted from FPCN Leadership.
Undoing Racism Groups
At all of the large Philadelphia sites, Undoing Racism groups have either been meeting regularly for some time or have recently formed. The Undoing Racism group at the 11th Street Family Health Services site is the longest standing group, where interdisciplinary colleagues come together each month to discuss racism. Colleagues explore racism in our country, community, and workplace. They examine power and privilege in the workplace and within ourselves. Over time and with increased trust, the group has become more honest and transparent in their discussion of racism, and are now bringing the discussions to all staff meetings at that site, continuing the conversation in a larger forum.
FPCN Welcomes People of All Backgrounds
Sanctuary Model at the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
The Sanctuary Model® represents a trauma-informed, whole culture approach that aims to teach individuals involved with an organization the necessary skills for creating and sustaining nonviolent lives and nonviolent systems and to keep believing in the unexplored possibilities of peace and well-being for all of humanity. The objective of such a change is to more effectively provide a cohesive, innovative and creative context within which healing from psychological and social traumatic experience and adversity can be addressed – for all of us. 11th Street strives to continue learning, teaching and embedding Sanctuary Model® tools and principles in our daily health practices and in our community partnerships.