Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations requires specific attention to the organizational culture and environment, with interventions on all levels of the organization. The process of moving an organization along the trauma-informed care spectrum can be invigorating and empowering, as well as tedious and time-consuming, and requires champions within the organization who can ensure that as the organization continues to evolve, so do its trauma-informed care practices and policies. The benefits to clients seeking care are numerous, in both experience and outcome. The organization itself can move to a place of health and well-being, increasing staff retention and job satisfaction. Truly trauma-informed organizations have staff throughout the organization, and especially those in leadership, who are able to see the dynamics of trauma-organized systems occurring and feel empowered to intervene for agency safety and stability.
The focus of this course is on the implementation of a trauma-informed care framework within an organization with a focus on the physical environment, the dynamics of trauma-organized systems, and interventions that can be implemented systemically to ensure the health of the organizational culture.
Participants in this course will learn:
- The components of a Trauma-Informed Organization, including workplace environmental changes needed, and create a plan to advocate for deeper Trauma-Informed Care at their own organization.
- To identify common dynamics within Trauma-Organized Systems and will increase awareness of incident specific and organizational culture dynamics influenced by client trauma.
- Intervention strategies for addressing parallel process on all levels of the organization, including agency policy, procedure, supervision, and staff interpersonal dynamics.
Counts as Elective course for Supervision Certificate Program
Counts as Elective course for the Trauma Certificate Program
*Each class this year will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.