"How do you help your staff develop the competencies that a trauma-informed workforce needs, and sustain a standard of care moving forward using trauma-informed hiring and staff development strategies?"
That is the question that so many of us champions of change are asking ourselves right now. Luckily, the information is and logistics of how to make this happen are becoming clearer.
Thank you to @Christina Cunningham, Prevention Coordination Specialist for the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services for allowing me to share this resource with our community. (see attached PDF file) It has been a valuable tool in helping me coordinate an agency training on the topic of reflective supervision, but also on a separate training regarding non-clinical staff assessing for trauma.
So much of the work that is done in the field of human services and mental health is done by the direct care workers who do not have clinical backgrounds, and yet it is difficult to find resources that allow residential counselors, care managers, and other front line workers to include trauma-informed approaches in their day to day activities. This resource speaks directly to that line of staff and does a wonderful job!
To see more of the trauma-informed work being done in Fairfax, Va, visit their website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/...-services/prevention