Fall 2018 President’s Message

Among the most marginalized and vulnerable people Catholic Charities serves are those who struggle with emotional issues and addictions. As clinicians have become more aware of the impact of trauma in people’s lives, better ways of assisting people in their recovery process are continually being developed. While funding clearly is an obstacle in the provision of quality behavioral health care, Catholic Charities remains committed to do all we can to help as many people as possible to live happier and less anxiety-ridden lives.

The Trauma-Informed Care approach is one way that is becoming far more accessible to our clients as well as to anyone wanting to increase awareness of trauma’s impact on oneself and others. The trauma aware approach realizes the pervasive impact of trauma, recognizes signs and symptoms, responds with known practices and procedures and seeks always to avoid re-traumatization of the client. CCUSA makes this crucial training available for our clinicians across the country.

In this issue Father Ragan Schriver, CCUSA Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Integration and Director of the Master of Science in Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, introduces readers to the subject. Articles featuring three Catholic Charities agencies offer examples of how the trauma-informed care approach is practiced in direct service.

As it is with everything Catholic Charities does, our aim is to help each person live a dignified and fulfilling life. Providing professional, compassionate care that heals and uplifts the person remains our constant commitment and our heartfelt mission.

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD

President & CEO