Prioritize & Create a Work Plan

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While Trauma Informed Care (TIC) rests on a well-defined set of principles and values, the application of TIC will vary from setting to setting. Because TIC becomes part of an organization’s culture and approach to service delivery, agencies will prioritize opportunities reflecting their own circumstances and environments. Identifying a method for prioritizing these opportunities and developing a work plan will help an agency move forward without becoming overwhelmed by the possibilities.  Below are some considerations that might make this process easier.

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  • Prioritizing data – examples of methods for prioritizing include:
    • TIC High Impact Low CostChoosing one of the TIC principles (e.g., safety, power, self-worth) for initial efforts. For example, many agencies prioritize issues of safety and the concrete aspects of physical safety in a service setting can be an easy place to start.
    • Picking the low hanging fruit – starting with what is easiest to change or will make the biggest difference for service recipients and staff.
    • Identifying efforts that are high impact and low cost.
    • Identifying current practices that will have a negative impact if not addressed (Fallot & Harris, 2009).
    • Using the Trauma Informed Oregon Standards of Practice for guidance.
  • Creating a work plan
    • Organizing the areas for opportunity in a spreadsheet provides an easy method for keeping track of possible solutions, next steps, responsible party(ies), and measures for change.
  • This is one example of a work plan format (see link below for usable template).

Work Plan Format Example



Standards of Practice

Gather Information Considerations Page

Hotspots Activity

Trauma Informed Care Workgroup Meeting Guidelines

Work Plan Template


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