Trauma Informed Workplaces

Joyelle Brandt posted:

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

Joyelle:
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!

Cissy

Joyelle,

The resources provided by Trauma Informed Oregon are really helpful. In particular, their Resources for Organizations (https://traumainformedoregon.org/resources/) 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 www.traumainformedoregon.org

https://www.hazelden.org/OA_HT...sitex=10020:22372:US

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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