Helping human service agencies, health organizations, and schools implement and measure trauma-informed care.

Helping organizations implement and measure trauma-informed care

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The Traumatic Stress Institute fosters the transformation of organizations and service systems to trauma-informed care (TIC) through the delivery of whole-system consultation, professional training, coaching, and research.

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This book begins with an easily understood explanation of trauma and its effects. However, most of the book is devoted to a toolkit of growth techniques for survivors…

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Vermilea also provides sleep strategies, tools to develop self-awareness and emotion management techniques. The author then pus the tools together to suggest actions for various types of situations. She includes a glossary, a resource list, and a bibliography.

This is a new, second edition of a self-management workbook, which teaches skills that empower survivors to take control of and de-escalate their most distressing trauma-related symptoms.

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  • Components of the Model

  • 0-2 Months

    Phase I: Leadership Engagement

    Overview: 

    TSI coaches engage senior leadership from the very beginning of our contact with organizations to ensure that leaders are prepared to dedicate the human and financial resources necessary to successfully implement TIC. Leaders are intimately involved in development of an individualized proposal for the organization, contracting, early leadership meetings, and participation in the organization’s TIC Task Force. Over a decades experience has taught us this is absolutely essential to true culture change.
    Steps:
    • Meeting with Executive Leadership and Board of Directors
    • Formation of a Task Force
  • 2-3 Months

    Phase II: Initial Staff Training

    Overview:

    Risking Connection (RC) is a staff training model that organizations adopt to foster a trauma-informed workforce. It uses a Train-the-Trainer model so organizations can sustain RC staff training indefinitely by having internal RC Trainers and Champions. All client agencies receive this training.

    Risking Connection training is unique in that:

    • It is a philosophy for providing services rather than a treatment technique.
    • It is aimed at organizational staff from all disciplines, roles, and levels of training.
    • It creates a common language among staff.
    • It asserts that relationships are the primary agent of change.
    • It stresses that treating traumatized people also poses risks to helpers – the risk of vicarious trauma. Therefore, respect for and care of both consumer and treater are viewed as vital.

    Risking Connection Basic is taught to a first line of staff to begin the trauma-informed transformation. Some of these staff will move on to become RC Basic Trainers or Champions.

    As we serve a wide variety of agencies, additional basic-level training options are available to customize each agency’s experience.

    Steps:

    • Risking Connection Basic Training or Risking Connection IDD Basic (adaptation specific to IDD settings)
    • Restorative Approach Basic Training (for group care settings)
  • Phase III: Training the Trainers and Champions

    Some staff from the RC Basic training attend the 3-day RC Train-the-Trainer and become either Trainers or Champions. They help further implementation efforts by embedding RC into the fabric of an agency. Trainers will run additional RC Basics to ensure all staff are trained over time, and Champions can support trainers and increase awareness of and use of RC principles in the daily operations.

    Steps:

    • Risking Connection Train-the-Trainer or RC IDD Train-the-Trainer (for agencies serving IDD clients)
    • Restorative Approach (RA) Train-the-Trainer (for group care settings)
    • Risking Connection Foster Care Train-the-Trainer (for foster care services)

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