A trauma-informed organization is one that recognizes and responds to the impact of trauma. Programs and agencies with a trauma-informed system integrate awareness, knowledge and skills into the culture, practices, and policies of the organization. They work collaboratively with those who are involved with the child, using best practices, to ensure physical and psychological safety, help with the recovery of the child and his/her family, and support their ability to thrive.
- Routinely screen for trauma exposure
- Use evidence-based assessment and treatment for traumatic stress and associated symptoms
- Make resources available to children, families, and providers on trauma exposure, its impact, and treatment
- Engage in efforts to strengthen protective factors of children and families
- Address parent and family trauma and its impact on the family system
- Maintain an environment of care for staff that responds to secondary trauma and increases staff wellness.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Contact Dianna Bailey-Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for training information.