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1 Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization Gladys Noll Alvarez LISW Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center

2 Understanding trauma is not just about acquiring knowledge. It’s about changing the way you view the world. Sandra Bloom, 2007

3 Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

4 Trauma Informed agencies…….. Avoid re-traumatizing Foster relationships that respect, teach, reinforce, and encourage the family’s competence Screen for trauma-exposure prior to providing services. Collaborate across agencies to produce better placement and process determinations for maltreated young children. Train and sustain staff Set program policy and evaluate the effectiveness of those programs using a trauma-informed perspective

5 Resource for child welfare…. 5 training-toolkit-2008 updated in training-toolkit-2008  The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, 2nd Edition is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events.  The toolkit teaches strategies for using trauma- informed child welfare practice to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system.  The toolkit can be accessed at the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent TraumaNCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma

6 Essentials of TIC Connect – Focus on Relationships Protect – Promote Safety and Trustworthiness Respect – Engage in Choice and Collaboration Redirect (Teach and Reinforce) – Encourage Skill-Building and Competence Hummer, V., Crosland, K., Dollard, N.,

7 Steps towards * BECOMING * Trauma Informed Administrative Commitment to Change Universal Screening Staff Training and Education Hiring Practices Review of Policies and Procedures Marsenich, L. 2010, CA Institute of Mental Health (also: next five slides)

8 Tools for Agency Self Assessment 8 “Creating Trauma-Informed Care Environments Organizational Self-Assessment” from University of South Florida “The Trauma-Informed Organizational Self- Assessment” from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) “Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care (CCTIC): A Self-Assessment and Planning Protocol” By Roger Fallot PhD and Maxine Harris PhD 2011

9 Environmental Assessment tool 5pg. Behavioral Health Services, Kearney, NE 9

10 Core Principals revisited (Fallot & Bebout; APA Convention 2013) Safety- physical/emotional safety Trustworthiness-maximize, make tasks clear; appropriate boundaries Choice-enhance consumer choice and control Collaboration-max and share power Empowerment- prioritize and skill building every opportunity Safety-ensure for staff Trustworthiness- maximize as administrators and supervisors; make tasks and procedures clear; be consistent Choice- enhance staff choice/control in their day to day work Collaboration- max and share power with staff members Empowerment-prioritize staff skill building; provide resources 10 Consumers: ask these 5 questions Staff: ask these 5 questions

11 The Basic Lesson Fallot & Bebout 2013 APA Convention Staff members—all staff members– can only create a setting of, and offer relationships characterized by, safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment only when they experience these same factors in the program as a whole. It is unrealistic to expect it to be otherwise.

12 Orchard Place October 2010 Trauma Informed Care Project TIC Stakeholder’s group formed Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice conference—2011, 2012 and 2013 Training of ALL STAFF from 2011 to now; have incorporated into new staff orientation. Provide trainings to community agencies on impact of trauma and trauma informed care

13 Contact Information Gladys Noll Alvarez, LISW Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center th Ave Des Moines, Iowa – – – 13


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