THE PHILOSOPHY

  • We believe in the resilience of the human spirit.
  • We believe that trauma is most overt in disaster-affected communities, but is covertly present in all communities.
  • We believe that through collaboration with disaster-affected communities, we gain a globally-beneficial understanding of trauma.
  • We believe that imposed trauma interventions are dangerous and ineffective.
  • We believe in holistic interventions that break the trauma cycle and promote optimal long-term functioning.
  • We believe in adapting trauma recovery principles to suit the specific needs and experiences of individual communities.
  • We believe in teaching conceptually about the impact of trauma and empowering communities to develop their own solutions.
  • We believe in grounding interventions in research and international best practice, rather than altruism alone.
  • We believe in monitoring the effectiveness of any intervention with ongoing research.

TraumAid International's ongoing research into the impact of trauma following large-scale disasters has led to the development of the Ecological Trauma Theory, the development of cross-cultural teaching materials and a model of community-based trauma mitigation following large-scale disasters.

The model involves education on how the brain, body and community are impacted by trauma followed by a culturally relevant community intervention to promote healing and healthy development of the brain, body and community life. All interventions, while based on the principles of the model, are developed in collaboration with the particular community impacted by the disaster.