Trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which a person’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed. The person experiences (either objectively or subjectively) a threat to his/her life, psychological safety, bodily integrity, or that of a caregiver or family member. Trauma experiences are emotionally painful or distressing, and frequently result in lasting mental and physical effects.
Basic Trauma includes Acute (single incident) and Chronic (multiple incidents) Trauma - (definition for the purpose of this Guideline).
Complex Trauma includes chronic trauma by caregiver entrusted with child’s care with onset in early childhood - (definition for purpose of this Guideline).