The Traumatic Stress Institute fosters the transformation of organizations and service systems to trauma-informed care (TIC) through the delivery of whole-system consultation, professional training, coaching, and research.

Online ARTIC:  TIC Measurement Tool AND Implementation Booster

November 17, 2020 / by John Engel, MA

Successfully implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) is challenging. Successfully measuring TIC is equally challenging. But with the Online ARTIC you can do both.

The ARTIC (Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care) Scale is one of the most widely-used measures of trauma-informed care. Its psychometric validity has been confirmed by studies published in School Mental Health and Psychological Trauma. In addition, the Online ARTIC—released in June 2019—offers cutting-edge TIC measurement combined with resources to boost your TIC implementation efforts.

TIC Assessment

Leaders can use the Online ARTIC to seamlessly collect baseline data on current staff attitudes toward TIC, for pre-post assessment of TIC interventions and to monitor TIC progress over a 3-year period. Data collection is easier because employees complete the survey using a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Organizational dashboard results include overall ARTIC scores as well as scores for 7 subscales, job roles, years of service, and an optional breakout for department/program/site comparison.

TIC Implementation

The organizational dashboard also includes best practice recommendations for improving TIC implementation in 5 key domains, for each of the 7 subscales. Recommendation domains include: Leadership and Communication, Hiring and Orientation, Training, Supervision and Work Teams. Combined, the dashboard results and recommendations offer leaders greater confidence when making data-driven decisions about onboarding, guiding and sustaining TIC interventions, and next steps.

Additionally, Online ARTIC includes a confidential dashboard of results and implementation resources for individual staff members. Resources include detailed explanations and examples for each score, tips to enhance understanding and practice, and curated video links to deepen understanding and practice. These dashboard results and resources empower staff to be full participants in TIC initiatives. By identifying high and low subscale scores, reviewing the included resources, then discussing with a supervisor or TIC implementation coach, staff can establish professional development goals to learn, grow, and thrive.

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Tags: Measurement & Research

John Engel, MA

Written by John Engel, MA

John Engel is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of the Klingberg Family Centers, where he serves as a trainer and consultant for client agencies adopting whole system change to trauma-informed care. John also facilitates strategic change initiatives and product development for TSI, including development and launch of the Online ARTIC Scale. Additionally, John has been piloting mindfulness in the workplace, including design and delivery of a national training webinar entitled Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care, design and facilitation of a day-long virtual training event, Mindfulness: The Inner Work of Racial Healing and Trauma-Informed Care, and a Monthly RC Mindfulness pilot in 2021. Since 2011, John has written a monthly column, The Fatherhood Journey, for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, with a mission of promoting public and private conversations about fatherhood.