Many leaders and administrators of small, non-profit, human-service organizations recognize the need for their "on-the-ground" employees to be trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive and trauma-competent (in those varying degrees, depending on what they actually do). A recent dialogue with some direct-service colleagues resulted in the question: What brief, accessible and inexpensive educational programs are available in Philadelphia to accomplish this for small non-profits with a significant turnover rate? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Joel - thanks for asking about this topic - it has emerged at the top of the list with areas that the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Workforce Development Workgroup has identified. Training on Trauma, ACEs, Self-Care and application of these concepts in workplaces is a key need. We are fortunate in this region to have great resources. I would think two places to start are the Health Federation's Multiplying Connections Cross-Training Institute (contact here) and Institute for Family Professionals (contact here). It would be great to add to this list, so I hope that folks will add their own or other places in the comments below.
I live in Philadelphia and I am a curriculum developer, trainer, author and consultant on issues related to childhood trauma, child welfare, juveniles justice, education and related fields. I am also a caregiving parent. I provide trainings across the country and locally have provided several for The PA Council on Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) agencies, DHS, and Mental Health Partnerships as well as a few Philadelphia schools and Head Start organizations. I have also worked closely over the years with Multiplying Connections and was part of the team and co-author of some of their curricula. I would love to work with more local agencies as I sit here at the Philly airport waiting to board a plane so I can go and do trauma training in Virginia, Denver, Arkansas and NYC in the next two weeks alone! I am also author of a workbook for adults caring for children who have experienced trauma entitled "Building Bridges of Hope" and together with my daughter, artist Chelsea Badeau, we provide resiliency and vicarious trauma workshops involving multi-sensory approaches including art and music.