Trauma Informed Practice

Many of the individuals under our supervision have experienced significant trauma in their lives. The impact of trauma can be broad and touch all aspects of a person’s life.

Exposure to trauma increases the risk of a tremendous range of vulnerabilities: mental health problems like posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, excessive hostility, and generalized anxiety; substance abuse; physical health problems; interpersonal struggles; eating disorders; and suicide, among many others.

BC Corrections’ Trauma Informed Practice Guide team enhances our staff’s awareness of trauma informed practices. Trauma-informed principles can minimize triggers, reduce critical incidents, and de-escalate situations for individuals with a history of violence and trauma.

BC Corrections is committed to exploring how trauma informed practices can support addressing the Calls to Action by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People