Trauma-informed care is a cornerstone of our mission. At Beautiful Dream Society, we assist women, girls, and boys who have experienced human trafficking, sexual assault, gender-based violence, and other traumatic events. Our staff understands the complex thoughts, feelings, and emotions that trauma survivors face, and they use specialized care to accommodate those needs.
What is trauma?
Trauma is a person’s emotional response to distressing experiences. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be unexpected and unpredictable, such as sexual assault, physical violence, auto accidents, military combat, natural disasters, or the sudden loss of a loved one.
Because trauma is rapid and unplanned, it can result in a series of powerful emotions. Trauma survivors often feel scared, unsafe, on-edge, and untrusting as they strive to reclaim control of their lives. This has long-lasting effects, regardless of the severity of the trauma or the age of the survivor.
The long-lasting effects of trauma
Trauma can affect every aspect of a person’s life, from social interactions to work to school and beyond. Trauma survivors may experience:
- Emotional disturbances
- Extreme anxiety
- Anger issues
- Survivor’s guilt
- Inability to feel pleasure
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Ongoing physical pain
- Trouble sleeping/fatigue
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Difficulty trusting others
BDS works hard to empower trauma survivors to overcome these obstacles and improve their quality of life. Every person and situation is unique, but peace is always the goal.
Why trauma-informed care is so important
Through trauma-informed care, our staff can provide the ideal resources and environment to help survivors thrive. This involves a mix of compassion, patience, respect, targeted mental health care, and judgment-free support. Our approach is designed to benefit our clients and protect our caregivers simultaneously.
Healing from trauma is a lifelong journey that our clients face every day. We see how bravely and boldly they choose to wake up every day, and we are inspired by their courage. Beautiful Dream Society provides love, understanding, and support to allow them to heal in their own way and time.
If you’d like to support our trauma care efforts, you can make a donation, volunteer, or choose Beautiful Dream Society as your charity of choice with AmazonSmile.