Training Components, Skills, and Learning Objectives for Foundational Trainings in Trauma Informed Care
Trauma informed care is broad and reflects many different strategies; however, foundational information about the impact of trauma and TIC helps create a common language and understanding. To support development and sustainability of TIC efforts, training that addresses the following components is recommended.
One step on the Road Map to Trauma Informed Care is Foundational Knowledge that provides foundational readiness toward the implementation of trauma informed care (TIC). Foundational knowledge ensures that all staff have access to basic knowledge about the nature and impact of trauma and principles of TIC. Furthermore, as an agency uses the Standards of Practice to define benchmarks for planning and monitoring the progress of TIC, training and workforce development become key components. Formal training is one way to achieve these goals. The key training components, skills, and learning objectives that a foundational training should include are outlined below and were developed through years of collaboration with communities and organizations around the state of Oregon.
A trauma-informed approach invites individuals and organizations to realize the impact of trauma and its paths to recovery, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, respond by utilizing this knowledge in policies, procedures and practices, and resist re-traumatization. The prevalence of trauma and toxic stress in our communities and places of work is significant, and through TIC we have an opportunity to influence workforce wellness, service user engagement, and overall organizational culture.
Everyone in an organization has an important role in the implementation of TIC principles, therefore it is critical that everyone has access to foundational training about TIC. Training content should be delivered in an inclusive way, including but not limited to being culturally and linguistically sensitive.