Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors and Older Adults

“We can’t change the past, but we can understand it.”

Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Care (PCTI) is a way of providing care to people in which the unique person, their individual strengths, preferences, and needs are emphasized.

As we age, the memories and emotions from past experiences resurface just as we are becoming less resilient and more dependent on others for our well-being and care.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) has expanded PCTI services for older adults and Holocaust Survivors and caregivers in our community. PCTI care creates a safer pathway for older adults with complex trauma histories to explore how they are feeling, and to identify ways to address their emotions, challenges and help them build coping skills.

Thanks to a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) through the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, our PCTI team of case managers, therapists and interpreters are visiting with, listening to, and comforting Survivors in their home to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and increase well-being.

We are also sharing our PCTI knowledge and tools with caregivers and service providers to enhance the level of care to older adults with trauma histories throughout our community.

Check out these helpful resources from our recent PCTI training sessions:

PCTI Training Part I

PCTI Training Part II