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Trauma-Informed Care & Recovery Philosophy

Mindful Approaches to Treatment

At Fairmount Behavioral Health System, we seek to instill hope, empowerment and collaboration into our services through the recovery model of care and trauma-informed care. Patients choose their goals and collabborate with the treatment team on how to best achieve success. We encourage family involvement through our Families F.I.R.S.T. Program. Our goal is to provide a respectful, hopeful and compassionate environment to help individuals move toward a better life.

The recovery model and trauma-informed care create a culture of security and hope that encourages our patients to learn new skills, develop goals and achieve success in their personal journey of recovery.

Trauma-Informed Care

Because many of the individuals we serve have experienced or witnessed multiple traumatic events in their lives, we utilize a trauma-informed approach to care. This style of treatment acknowledges patients’ trauma histories, understands the impact trauma can have on a person’s worldview and works with individuals in a way that does not further traumatize.

People who have been through traumas are often very sensitive to certain reminders of their trauma (“triggers”), and we work to provide treatment that does not trigger our patients.

Recovery Model of Care

Recovery is a process in which people regain the ability live, work, learn and participate in their community. For some individuals, recovery means overcoming a mental health or chemical dependency issue to live a fulfilling and productive. For others, it implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified several principles of recovery:

  • Recovery emerges from hope.
  • Recovery is person-driven and empowering.
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways.
  • Recovery is holistic.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  • Recovery is supported through relationships and social networks.
  • Recovery is culturally based and influenced.
  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma.
  • Recovery involves individual family, and community strengths and responsibility.
  • Recovery is based on respect.

Here to Assist You 24/7

If a psychiatric disorder or chemical dependency affects you or a loved one, please call 215-487-4100. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perform no-cost assessments and answer questions on programs and admissions.