Absolutely not. Traumatic experiences and re-traumatization happen at the personal level; that’s where much of the energy for trauma informed care rests. It is essential to listen to those experiences and begin to address the conditions that make individuals feel unsafe, powerless, or not valued in large and small ways. The Standards can help create management-level supports to improve the personal experience, but it’s important to work on both levels simultaneously. Otherwise, some staff or clients may feel unheard and buy-in can be lost. Mapping the immediate concerns onto the Standards (there is usually strong overlap) can be a useful way to integrate the approaches.
- Small-group review of Standards; written documentation of areas of strength and areas of opportunity; preliminary ratings on each Standard; agreement on initial priorities (not too many) to recommend for action.
- Results presented to larger Trauma Informed Care workgroup for discussion and input; consensus on priorities (be prepared to modify preliminary document with additional detail, differences of opinion, etc.).
- Presentation to leadership team or senior management for input and feedback, agreement on priorities; presentation to advisory group/board.
- Summary of process, outputs, and the recommended priority areas to all staff via newsletter or email (or at all-staff meeting) with opportunity for feedback or input. It may be too much to present every Standard to the whole staff, but everyone who wants it should have access to the entire document.
- Trauma Informed Care workgroup creates work plan to address priorities areas and begins to develop action steps, implementation plans, follow up, etc.
The initial Standards document can be updated annually or more often to reflect progress in the various domains.
Yes. In collaboration with partners in primary healthcare, we now have available a version of the Standards that has been modified to more closely meet the clinic setting. Access the Healthcare Standards of Practice here.
We have modified the Standards to create the Education Standards of Practice for Trauma Informed Care. This tool is more specific to the education settings and is integrated with other educational metrics. However, these Standards are still in draft form until the vetting process is complete. Trauma Informed Oregon does not specialize in education and there may be other tools available or in development that could be equally or more useful.