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.

Trouble in the Team

June 26, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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Angela is very upset. As the Coordinator of the Group Home she has worked hard to be supportive and caring towards her staff. She has been proud of her team, their good relationships, and their low turnover. She has provided many staff recognition and fun activities. But lately she is hearing only complaints. A recent staff survey revealed that staff feels that management undercuts them with the youth. Staff have issues with her, the unit supervisor, and the therapist. Furthermore, Angela is starting to not like the staff much, either. The team has asked for an outside consultation.

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Creating a Trauma-Informed “New Normal”

June 19, 2020
by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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What exactly does “new normal” mean? It is an expression that has become mainstream vernacular since the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the field of trauma response and recovery, it is a term that has long been used to provide hope for survivors.

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Healing Historical Trauma

June 9, 2020
by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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White People Need to Own Our Discomfort

For those of us who are white, the role we find ourselves occupying is that of white supremacy. In her book, What Does It Mean To Be White?, Robin DiAngelo describes white supremacy as:

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Developing Compassion from COVID-19

June 3, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Crisis Response

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Day-to-day life was altered so swiftly and thoroughly as a result of COVID-19—a collective whiplash. As a result, many may feel frustrated, lonely, or are mourning the way things changed and the normal activities we are now unable to do. We may be saddened by losing loved ones or by being unable to visit them. But we may also be finding some sources of joy or re-calibration within this time.

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First Nations - Lessons Learned

May 27, 2020
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change

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Supporting Trauma-Informed Transformation in Settings Serving First Nation Communities

Beginning in 2010, the Traumatic Stress Institute began supporting the Yukon Territory (Canada) child welfare system to make the transition to trauma-informed care (TIC).

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Tribal Communities:  Advancing Trauma-Informed Care

May 21, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Crisis Response, Measurement & Research

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New federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes critical funding for advancing trauma-informed care services in tribal communities.

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Trauma-Informed Care and the Stress of COVID-19

May 11, 2020
by Traumatic Stress Institute Staff posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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We are all under noticeably increased stress in this time of the COVID-19 virus changing our lives. We have many things to attend to, from the practical to the personal to the emotional. Our organizations are confronting immediate and longer term challenges from closed programs, potential layoffs, and financial uncertainty.

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TIC Measurement Made Effective & Easy

May 7, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research

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Delivering trauma-informed care (TIC) is challenging. Measuring TIC is even more difficult. More and more school systems, human service agencies, juvenile justice programs, behavioral health organizations and others are moving to become more trauma-informed - and struggling to measure the impact of their efforts. That’s why the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) developed the Online ARTIC.

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Tips for Starting Trauma-Informed Care Now

May 7, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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Looking to begin your program's transformation to trauma-informed care but don't know where to start? Or don't have the funding to invest in a whole-system change initiative right now? Here are some suggestions:

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COVID-19 Hardship Discount on all Online ARTIC Purchases

May 7, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Crisis Response, Measurement & Research

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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, school systems, human service agencies, behavioral health programs, medical institutions, foster care agencies, juvenile justice programs, and many others are working to sustain trauma-informed care--now more than ever.

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