Trauma Informed Workplaces

Joyelle Brandt posted:

I'm looking for articles on creating trauma informed workplaces. Any links would be greatly appreciated!

I've been meaning to get back to you. It's hard to know where to start but when you go in the Becoming Trauma Informed & Beyond Community, dig into the  resources for download for some guidance as well as the blog posts.

Also, the Resources Center has A LOT of info. as well. Plus, there's A LOT of articles on this site, and blog posts. There's still nothing like talking to others like @Dawn Daum who are tackling this in the workplace and in a similar place/space.

If you have a more specific question you are likely to get more replies. It's a BIG and important question.

Also, do a search for Becoming a TI workplace (on this site, especially) and you will see how many others have asked this question and all the wonderful community wisdom. I hope that helps!



The resources provided by Trauma Informed Oregon are really helpful. In particular, their Resources for Organizations ( will provide concrete steps and tools for an organization to self-assess and develop a plan to fully implement TIC practices.  I love the roadmap document they have developed. The organization website is

Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive provides program administrators and clinical directors with key resources needed to train staff and make organizational changes to become trauma-responsive. This comprehensive training program involves all staff, ensuring clients are served with a trauma-responsive approach.


This training program describes the ten-step process of becoming trauma-responsive:

  • Gain knowledge of stress, adversity, and trauma
  • Understand of the impact of organizational stress and trauma
  • Understand the concept and structure of a Guide Team
  • Assess and improve clients’ first experience with your organization
  • Assess and improve your organization’s physical space
  • Assess and improve your organization’s sense of safety
  • Understand the leadership qualities and skills needed to initiate trauma-responsive organizational change
  • Create a shared language and tools to address trauma
  • Implement evidence-based, trauma-specific curricula
  • Have each staff person create a personal self-care plan

Developed by leading trauma experts Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, and Sandra L. Bloom, MD, this program is an excellent primer to assist organizations in becoming trauma-responsive prior to implementing an in-depth trauma curriculum.

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