The free, downloadable toolkit includes:
- Overview (PDF)
- Organizational Readiness Self-Assessment (Excel)
- Five Trauma-Informed Principles Assessments (Excel)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to have any training or basic understanding of Trauma-Informed Care prior to using the toolkit?
Yes, it is highly recommended that:
- All staff in your agency, regardless of position, receive education on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). This education is a deeper dive into what it looks like and means to be trauma-informed and serves as an introduction to this toolkit. It provides the vision from which your agency and staff can apply while utilizing this toolkit. Check back for upcoming training dates in the Fox Cities.
- All staff in your agency, regardless of position, receive education on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Your agency might explore various ways to deliver ACEs education that varies depending on position (i.e., live training, webinar, articles, etc.). In many ways, the ACEs study serves as the foundational understanding as to the need for Trauma-Informed Care. This understanding often ignites the motivation for agencies and staff to become trauma-informed.
Wisconsin has a cohort of trainers authorized to present ACEs Interface. The project is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and SaintA and administered by SaintA. A list of those trainers can be found on the SaintA website.
What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is not something to be achieved or completed; it is the way we strive
to do business. When we understand that individuals who have been exposed to trauma and stress are responding in the way that feels safe for them, we are able to take a more compassionate approach to their experiences with us. TIC requires ongoing critical assessment of policies, staff, training, and hiring policies to create environments where individuals feel safe and empowered.
Why is Trauma-Informed Care important?
- Trauma-Informed Care is a universal precaution; trauma-informed practices provide healthier environments for everyone.
- Trauma-Informed Care promotes inclusiveness and builds better relationships with customers and staff.
- Trauma-Informed Care results in better outcomes.
- Trauma-Informed Care is grounded in science and is a response to the research on brain development and toxic stress.
About the Trauma-Informed Roadmap
In February of 2016, United Way Fox Cities convened twelve other agencies to work on implementing Trauma-Informed Care community-wide. The Trauma-Informed Roadmap Team had a vision for the Fox Cities that, “Everyone in our community is treated with compassion and respect, which allows them to thrive regardless of circumstances.”
Trauma-Informed Roadmap Principles
Using the continuous improvement model, representatives from the twelve organizations identified five common principles of Trauma-Informed Care:
- Screening, Assessment & Service
- Empowerment & Collaboration
- Trust & Transparency
- Organizational Culture
The Trauma-Informed Roadmap Team created and tested assessment tools for each principle, developed an educational PowerPoint to help introduce Trauma-Informed Care to an organization’s board, staff and volunteers and created an introduction/overview to help guide the implementation process. They also created an organizational readiness self-assessment tool.
All materials developed through by the Trauma-Informed Roadmap Team are free of charge and can be used by any organization wishing to implement Trauma-Informed Care.
Trauma-Informed Roadmap Team:
Twelve local nonprofits created the Trauma-Informed Roadmap as an action group through the POINT Poverty Initiative:
The Trauma-Informed Roadmap Team began as an action group through the POINT Poverty Initiative. POINT continues to learn alongside the team and contributes through active participation in monthly meetings and support of developmental evaluation efforts.