Presentation on theme: "1 TRAUMA-INFORMED MILIEU Phoebe Soares, MSW. Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D."— Presentation transcript:
1 TRAUMA-INFORMED MILIEU Phoebe Soares, MSW. Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.
2 GOALS To provide agencies with practical ideas about how to create trauma-informed environments To help agencies increase their ability to create an atmosphere that supports women and children of all cultures who have been impacted by trauma. To encourage agencies to develop trauma- informed programs and policies so that women and children find more places to heal.
3 Trauma-Informed Services Trauma-informed services assume that people are doing the best they can at any given time to cope with the life-altering and frequently shattering effects of trauma. In trauma-informed services and systems all staff members--from grounds-keepers, to maintenance staff to administrators--are trained to respond to individuals in distress.
4 Operating Principles of Trauma- Informed Services The impact of trauma is total, narrowing women’s lives, constricting choices, undermining self-esteem, taking away control, and creating a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Many behavioral “problems” women present with are adaptive responses to trauma. Cultural context influences the perception and response to traumatic events and cultural context informs the recovery process. Building respectful, nonjudgmental relationships in which the power differential between staff and client are equalized and at the same time maintaining appropriate boundaries is critical for facilitating recovery.
5 Transforming the Milieu Establishing buy-In from all levels of the organization, with a point-person who has authority to make changes. Conducting a needs assessment of the organization. Identifying focal challenge in order to provide specific training and consultation that meet the needs of the organization in transforming the system to become trauma-informed. Focus is on implementing evidence-based practice that meets the unique needs of the program and can be sustainable within the program. Intensive consultation Evaluation of the process.