Trauma-Informed Practice Guide


Key Questions: What is trauma? What is trauma-informed care? What are the goals of trauma-informed care?

The TIP Guide is the result of collaboration and consultation between the BC Ministry of Health, the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, BC Health Authorities, representatives from anti-violence organizations and MHSU service providers across the province.

This TIP Guide and Organizational Checklist are part of a trauma-informed practice project with the following objectives:

  • To enhance awareness among practitioners and organizations who deliver mental health and substance use (MHSU) services in BC for clients with histories of violence and trauma.
  • To identify current efforts by MHSU services in BC to provide trauma-informed and trauma-specific interventions and to increase awareness of evidence-based practices being employed in other jurisdictions.
  • To increase capacity amongst MHSU practitioners and organizations to better serve people impacted by violence and trauma and thereby improve outcomes for clients of MHSU services in BC.


While there is keen interest in and commitment to providing trauma-informed practice, strategies for implementing trauma-informed practice are not well articulated. The TIP Guide provides feasible strategies for practitioners and system planners for applying what we know about trauma-informed practice. It is intended to support engagement with principles and practices of trauma-informed practice that can be reinforced and explored further in training initiatives. 


  • Trauma-Informed Practice in Three Settings
  • Overview
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Implementing Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Appendices
  • References 

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Publication Date: 

UBC Learning Circle April 30, 2013 Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice