Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care



An increase in awareness about the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of Americans today has led to new approaches supporting individuals and families who have experienced traumatic events. Collectively known as ‘trauma-informed’ approaches, these models focus on creating holistic organizational environments that promote the safety and well-being of all clients, staff, volunteers, and visitors. When combined with the values and core principles of person-centered care such as self-determination and individual preference, the result is person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care. PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision developed by the Center on Aging and Trauma that infuses knowledge about trauma into agency programs and procedures as a way to promote the well-being and empowerment of trauma survivors. 


The materials on this page are designed to provide health and social service providers with background information on PCTI care, and with tips and strategies to implement PCTI care for older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers.  



Principles and Practices for Implementing Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors and Other Older Adults | Read More


January 30, 2020 
Barbara Joyce Bedney, Ph.D, MSW, Director of Research and Evaluation | Center on Aging and Trauma 

Leah Bergen Miller, BA, Associate Director | Center on Aging and Trauma 

Shelley Rood Wernick, MBA, Managing Director | Center on Aging and Trauma 


Teaching About Trauma: Models for Training Service Providers in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care | Read More


December 29, 2017 
Barbara Joyce Bedney, Ph.D, MSW, Director of Research and Evaluation | Center on Aging and Trauma 

Michael Eisinger, MA, Assistant Project Manager | Center on Aging and Trauma 



SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach | Read More

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

July 2014