Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
April 18, 2018
What is Trauma Informed Care? 

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that embraces an understanding of trauma at every step of service delivery. This model requires a compassionate and understanding attitude, in order to address the intersecting effects that trauma can have on people’s lives. It seeks to create a culture of nonviolence, learning, and...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 03, 2015
Tags: trauma
Categories: Ask the Hub

In our latest website survey, Amanda A. asked: “How much do front-line service providers know about trauma-informed care? Is trauma-informed care taken into consideration when developing policies, especially for youth?”

Trauma plays a significant role in both the pathways to homelessness and the experience of homelessness itself, so the importance of trauma-informed care (TIC) can’t be overstated. But...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
March 02, 2015
Categories: Topics

Trauma may be defined as an event outside the range of usual human experiences that would be markedly distressing to almost anyone and cause victimization. This includes a serious threat to his or her life or physical integrity; a serious threat to harm his or her children, spouse or close relatives or friends; the sudden destruction of his or her home and community; or seeing another person seriously injured or killed in an accident or by physical violence. 

Trauma can destroy...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
May 26, 2014
Categories: Solutions

While many people think of “recovery” as referring to addictions, but in this context a recovery orientation focuses on overall individual well-being. It ensures that clients have access to a range of supports that enable them to nurture and maintain social, recreational, educational, occupational and vocational activities. A recovery orientation is a key part of Housing First. Recovery orientation is often linked to...

McMaster University
May 09, 2014

Does anyone know how many homeless adults were homeless at some point while growing up? cc: @hardlynormal @homelesshub @naehomelessness

— HomelessYouthProject (@CAHomelessYouth) May 1, 2014

This question is an important one. We tend to study youth who...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
March 26, 2014

The National Council for Behavioral Health is an organization that represents U.S. community mental health and substance use organizations. This infographic is a very important resource for service providers supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. The information in this infographic is based on research from the United States, however there are several points that can be applied within the Canadian context. They are as...

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