This is a brief overview of some techniques for recognizing and engaging trauma in yourself and others. These communicating practices help us connect thoughtfully with those who have experienced trauma; the grounding techniques and building a self-care practice are frameworks for addressing trauma in ourselves, understanding how to respond to and prepare for our own trauma responses.
The following Top Tips and Resources represent a brief introduction to understanding trauma-informed practices. The information and resources are not comprehensive nor do they offer sufficient preparation for any war or conflict zone. We encourage you to review the more expansive list of resources in the keyword-searchable J-SOS Safety Resource Database and for more information on trauma-informed journalism practices specifically, we recommend the expansive resources offered by the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma.