Empowerment, defined as, “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights,” is a foundational idea in trauma-informed care. By being intentional about building empowerment within yourself, your family, and your workplaces you will build strength and opportunity to meet the challenges in life. Things to consider:
- Engage in collaborative decision-making whenever possible.
- Clearly and directly communicate changes as soon as they are happening. Avoid the rumor mill or a culture of people “in the know.”
- Create choices. Give people as much self-governing authority over their lives at the highest levels possible.
- Encourage continuous evaluation of current policies and processes. Invite input from those who don’t regularly voice their opinion.
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