TIC – Guiding Principles

Rituals for Recovery supports women who have been impacted by trauma and adversity, to re-establish a sense of safety, connection, and community.

It has become evident that addressing trauma requires a multi-pronged, multi-agency public health approach inclusive of public education and awareness, prevention and early identification, and effective trauma-specific assessment and care. To maximize the impact of these efforts, they need to be provided in an organizational or community context that is trauma-informed, that is, based on the knowledge and understanding of trauma and its far-reaching implications.

Rituals for Recovery has adopted the following trauma-informed framework to support these endeavours, ensuring the best possible trauma relief care services are provided.


Rituals for Recovery understands the pervasiveness of trauma and its connections to physical and behavioral health and well-being. Trauma informed care focuses on a client’s safety first and foremost and maintains that safety over the course of care and/or interactions with their client. Rituals for Recovery provides an environment that ensures staff and the people they serve feel physically and psychologically safe.

Trustworthiness and Transparency

Organizational operations and decisions are conducted with transparency with the goal of building and maintaining trust among supporters, staff, volunteers, clients, and family members of those receiving services. 

Peer Support and Mutual Self-Help

Individuals with lived experiences are integrated into our organization and viewed as integral to the organizational and service delivery approach and are understood as a key vehicle for building trust, establishing safety, and empowerment. Rituals for Recovery recognizes with appropriate supports and intervention, people can overcome traumatic experiences.

Collaboration and Mutuality

There is awareness that healing happens in the context of relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision-making. The Rituals for Recovery organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic, or helpful.

Empowerment, voice, and choice

Throughout the organization and through clients served, individuals’ strengths are recognized, built on, and validated and new skills developed. The Rituals for Recovery organization aims to strengthen the individual experience of choice, recognizing that every person’s experience is unique and requires a personalized approach. This includes a belief in resilience and in the ability of individuals, organizations, and communities to heal and promote recovery from trauma. This builds on what clients, staff, and communities have to offer, rather than responding to perceived deficits.

​Cultural, historical, and gender issues

The effects of traumatic events place a heavy burden on individuals, families and communities and create challenges for public institutions and service systems. There is an increasing focus on the impact of trauma and how service systems may help to resolve or exacerbate trauma-related issues. The Rituals for Recovery organization actively moves past cultural stereotypes and biases (e.g. Based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, geography), offers gender responsive services, leverages the healing value of traditional cultural connections, and recognizes and addresses historical trauma.

Adopted from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.