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Secondary Traumatic Stress Packet and Tools

From the American Institutes for ResearchDomestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DV/SA) providers are at risk of being indirectly traumatized as a result of hearing about survivors’ experiences and witnessing the negative effects. In the first section of this packet, learn about secondary traumatic stress and related conditions; in the second section, use the tools and strategies provided to h ...

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Recognizing Secondary Traumatic Stress and Promoting Staff Resilience

This webinar was part of SCCADVASA’s Trauma Informed Systems Change Project, an effort to build healthy, resilient communities across South Carolina by engaging in system-wide evaluation and capacity building for improving outcomes to vulnerable, trauma-exposed clientele.Professionals engaged in domestic violence and sexual assault work are at risk of being indirectly traumatized as a result ...

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Build a Trauma-Informed Workforce: Assessment Tool

To fully adopt and sustain a trauma-informed approach, leaders must work to embed a commitment to trauma-informed care into organizational infrastructure. Adopting a trauma- informed approach means developing policies, procedures, and processes that aim to institutionalize trauma-informed care beyond one champion, department, or program. This tool includes reflection questions and an assessmen ...

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What About You? A Workbook for Those Who Work with Others

From the National Center on Family Homelessness

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The Secondary Traumatic Stress ­Informed Organization Assessment (STSI­-OA)

Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) affects our personnel, organizational structure, policies and procedures in both subtle and overt ways. Although many organizations working with individuals exposed to trauma acknowledge that STS is present in their workforce, they may need guidance on how to reduce risk and promote staff wellness and resilience. This assessment tool will give organizations an oppo ...

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Using the Secondary Traumatic Stress Core Competencies in Trauma-Informed Supervision

From the National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkAs the topic of secondary traumatic stress (STS) emerges, two facts are becoming clear to program leaders:Quality supervision is an important support that organizations can provide to staff members at risk of developing secondary traumatic stress, andThe field hasn’t defined what comprises “quality supervision” in the context of sec ...

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Activity: The Stress Response

From the American Institutes for ResearchGoal: The goal of this activity is to understand how the brain and body respond to stress in the moment.

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Traditional vs Trauma-Informed Perspectives

From the American Institutes for ResearchAdopting a trauma-informed approach involves shifts in how providers view service recipients’ behaviors and their beliefs about how services are provided. For some providers, the shift to a trauma-informed perspective feels well-aligned with how they and others in their organization already operate, and for others, a trauma-informed approach represent ...

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Recognizing the Effects of Complex Trauma

From the American Institutes for ResearchPeople with complex trauma have experienced a world that as consistently threatening, where they have little value and where other people cannot be trusted. Their focus on survival may negatively impact all areas of development. The effects of complex trauma reach far beyond what can be captured by a single diagnosis, such as PTSD. Without an understanding ...

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Building Skills to Foster Resilience

Program staff can incorporate strategies for supporting skill-building for survivors in their settings on a regular basis. The Attachment, Regulation, and Competency or “ARC” framework is useful for supporting skill-building. Providers focus on integrating practices for supporting relationship-building, self-regulation, and a range of concrete skills that promote survivor success.  ...

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Recognizing the Effects of Complex Trauma

From the American Institutes for ResearchPeople with complex trauma have experienced a world that as consistently threatening, where they have little value and where other people cannot be trusted. Their focus on survival may negatively impact all areas of development. The effects of complex trauma reach far beyond what can be captured by a single diagnosis, such as PTSD. Without an understanding ...

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Navigating Crises Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

From the American Institutes for ResearchA trauma-informed approach to crisis prevention and intervention is grounded in an understanding of the stress response and its amplification in people exposed to trauma. For the purposes of this worksheet, the term crisis refers to a situation in which a person is in a state of emotional distress that is difficult for them to manage. This worksheet describ ...

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Strategies for Fostering Connection

From the American Institutes for ResearchA trauma-informed approach is anchored in the belief that safe, authentic, and positive relationships are the central vehicle for helping survivors heal from trauma and for building resilience. Here we discuss strategies for fostering connection with survivors that include encouraging providers to find ways to: 1) create space; 2) listen; 3) stay attuned; 4 ...

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Understanding the Window of Tolerance

From the American Institutes for ResearchThe term “window of tolerance” refers the optimal zone of arousal where a person is able to cope and thrive in daily life. In this physiological state, a person is able to be present, tolerate a range of thoughts and feelings, remain emotionally regulated, and connect with others. When youth and adults are in this space, they are able to engage ...

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Understanding and Addressing Complex Trauma in DV/SA Settings

This webinar was part of SCCADVASA’s Trauma Informed Systems Change Project, an effort to build healthy, resilient communities across South Carolina by engaging in system-wide evaluation and capacity building for improving outcomes to vulnerable, trauma-exposed clientele.Exposure to chronic childhood trauma, particularly trauma that occurs in the context of caregiving relationships, can have ...

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Co-Regulation From Birth Through Young Adulthood: A Practice Brief

Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.” This brief builds on reviews of the theoretical and intervention literature to provide caregivers and program administrators with guidelines for effecti ...

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Establish Trusting Relationships: Assessment Tool

From the American Institutes for ResearchTo fully adopt and sustain a trauma-informed approach, leaders must work to embed a commitment to trauma-informed care into organizational infrastructure. Adopting a trauma- informed approach means developing policies, procedures, and processes that aim to institutionalize trauma-informed care beyond one champion, department, or program. This tool inclu ...

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Provide Trauma-Informed Services: Assessment Tool

From the American Institutes for ResearchTo fully adopt and sustain a trauma-informed approach, leaders must work to embed a commitment to trauma-informed care into organizational infrastructure. Adopting a trauma- informed approach means developing policies, procedures, and processes that aim to institutionalize trauma-informed care beyond one champion, department, or program. This tool inclu ...

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Building Promising Futures: Guidelines for Enhancing Response of Domestic Violence Programs to Children & Youth

Written by Eleanor Lyon, PhD, Julia Perilla, PhD, and Anne Menard for Futures Without Violence

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Updated Comprehensive Review of Interventions for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Written by Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH, for Futures Without Violence

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Trauma-informed Approaches for LGBTQ Survivors Of Intimate Partner Violence: A Set Of Practice Observations

This document contains a set of preliminary practice observations from the field, which are intended to inform the development of a trauma-informed transformative justice approach specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender (LGBQT*) survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). These observations are the result of a research project that was led by the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Projec ...

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Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: A New Framework

by Frances K. Grossman, Joseph Spinazzola, Marla Zucker, and Elizabeth Hopper

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Create Safe and Respectful Service Environments: Assessment Tool

From the American Institutes for ResearchTo fully adopt and sustain a trauma-informed approach, leaders must work to embed a commitment to trauma-informed care into organizational infrastructure. Adopting a trauma- informed approach means developing policies, procedures, and processes that aim to institutionalize trauma-informed care beyond one champion, department, or program. This tool inclu ...

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Engaging Women in Trauma-informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

by Andrea Blanch, Beth Filson, and Darby Penney with contributions from Cathy CaveFrom the Center for Mental Health Services under the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

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Trauma-Informed Systems Change Model

From the American Institutes for Research

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Bringing Trauma-Informed Practice to Domestic Violence Programs: A Qualitative Analysis of Current Approaches

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2015Joshua M. Wilson, Jenny E. Fauci, Lisa A. Goodman

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Roadmap for Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach

From the American Institutes for ResearchAdopting a universal, trauma-informed approach involves changes to policy, practice, and culture and requires ongoing efforts to ensure a shared understanding and response across an agency. The journey to becoming a trauma-informed organization is ongoing and requires long- term investment in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices. Having a ...

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Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

From The National Center on Family Homelessness

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Trauma-Informed Organizational Readiness Assessment

From the American Institutes for ResearchAssessing organizational readiness to adopt a trauma-informed approach is an important and often overlooked step in the change process. It is important to gauge level of readiness to adopt a trauma-informed approach and to identify potential readiness issues in three key areas.

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Trauma-Informed Agency Reflection Tool

From the American Institutes for Research

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Promote Trauma-Informed Policies and Procedures: Assessment Tool

From the American Institutes for ResearchTo fully adopt and sustain a trauma-informed approach, leaders must work to embed a commitment to trauma-informed care into organizational infrastructure. Adopting a trauma- informed approach means developing policies, procedures, and processes that aim to institutionalize trauma-informed care beyond one champion, department, or program. This tool includes ...

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Policy Guidance for Trauma Informed Human Resources Practices

2017Developed by the Missouri Trauma Roundtable through the Department of Mental Health

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