Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Erica Vasquez

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dolores Flores


Psychological trauma has become a pervasive term throughout the mental health field but has been slow to gain momentum in the healthcare field. Hospitals have always been a place where people with mental health concerns or psychosis seek help, but hospitals have historically not implemented a trauma-informed care (TIC) approach. As the mental health crisis continues to become more detrimental, trauma-informed care skills will become more valuable. This study measured the knowledge, opinions, perceptions healthcare professionals in West Texas have regarding trauma-informed care. This study hypothesized that healthcare workers in West Texas would benefit from TIC training. This study hypothesized that healthcare workers in West Texas would have lower levels of TIC knowledge and have negative perceptions of TIC, but instead the study found that workers have sufficient knowledge in TIC and perceive TIC positively. The study concluded that healthcare workers would benefit from more training. Due to scope of this study, further research is needed to determine a more accurate measure of knowledge, perceptions, and use of TIC. As seen with this study, there continues to be a need for research that focuses on different methods of training in TIC.

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