All resources in Trauma-Informed Practice

Trauma Advocacy with Mental Health Systems (MHS)

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This is an intermediate level module for undergraduate or graduate level social work students, or for public child welfare staff with some exposure to Trauma Informed Practice. It presents information about trauma related vocabulary, the Mental Health System, advocacy and DSM V trauma related diagnoses. Learning objects addressed in this module are: 1. Describe the importance of MH Intervention for trauma survivors 2. Identify MH vocabulary regarding trauma and referrals 3. Describe MH service options 4. Describe the basic DSM V Trauma/Stressor Diagnostic Labels 5. Apply a basic MH risk assessment 6. Complete a best practice case-based MH advocacy, referral, and follow-up plan The module consists of slides introducing the content, 9 self-assessment quiz questions with feedback for incorrect responses, and a list of references and resources for further study. To support learning of new terminology, a summary sheet of vocabulary common to mental health services is provided as a downloadable attachment. The module can be used as a self-study professional development resource or to supplement an in-person course.

Material Type: Assessment, Interactive, Module

SSHARED: A Tool for Identifying Signs & Sequelae of Trauma

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This is an introductory to intermediate level module for undergraduate or graduate level social work students, or for public child welfare staff. It presents basic information about responses to trauma, along with a trauma-spotting practice tool. SSHARED can help identify trauma survivors and offers some best-practice strategies for planning interventions. The learning objectives for the module are: 1. Be able to identify key signs (symptoms) of trauma 2. Be able to describe alternative contextual “meanings “ of such signs, most notably developmental stage & culture 3. Be able to describe the associated “lesson, result and help” for such symptoms, using the SSHARED handout 4. Gain an empathic understanding of the impact of trauma in the PCW context 5. Be able to apply SSHARED to a case example The module consists of slides introducing the content, 9 self-assessment quiz questions with feedback for incorrect responses, and a list of references and resources for further study. A handout outlining the SSHARED assessment tool is provided as a downloadable attachment. The module can be used as a self-study professional development resource or to supplement an in-person course.

Material Type: Assessment, Interactive, Module

Authors: California State University East Bay, Holly Vugia

Neurobiology of Trauma

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This is an introductory level module for undergraduate or beginning graduate level social work students, or for public child welfare staff. Basic information about the brain and the impact of traumatic experiences are covered. The outcome for this introductory module is to understand the basic neurobiological impact of trauma, while respecting the rapid evolution of knowledge regarding this phenomena. The module teaches to the following learning objectives: 1. Know function of key brain parts 2. Recognize key neurotransmitter names 3. Understand that the brain develops into early adulthood 4. Describe impact of early trauma on the brain & how this may impact behavior 5. Define brain plasticity & its relationship to healing 6. To help with terminology, it is recommended that students have a printout of the summary sheet. The module consists of slides introducing the content, 9 self-assessment quiz questions with feedback for incorrect responses, and a list of references and resources for further study. The module can be used as a self-study professional development resource or to supplement an in-person course.

Material Type: Assessment, Interactive, Module

Trauma Informed Practice Modules: Neurobiology, SSHARED, and Mental Health System

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Aimed at public child welfare (PCW) audiences, these three modules cover key areas of trauma informed practice delivery: the Neurobiology of Trauma; SSHARED: A Tool for Identifying Signs and Sequelae of Trauma; and Trauma Advocacy with Mental Health Systems. Module materials are multi-media, including assessments, and were designed for future or current PCW workers, with a sophistication level designed to be accessible to beginning masters level students.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson Plan, Module

Authors: Tim Wohltmann, Holly Vugia

Trauma Informed Curriculum

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Modules related to trauma-informed practice and systems change developed through the SJSU School Work emphasize active and experiential learning. Although the modules were designed for use with intermediate (MSW program) audiences, they are easily be adapted to courses or trainings for beginning or advanced audiences. The modules may be used independently or in conjunction with existing publicly available didactic materials (see Curriculum Resource Review document for recommended materials). The modules were developed Ryan Pickrell, Principal and Owner of Family Restoration Consulting, with Laurie Drabble, Professor, San Jose State University School of Social Work, and include the following: 1) building resilience in the context of cultural humility, 2) self assessment, 3) adaptive ways of addressing trauma across cultural differences, 4) principles of trauma-informed care, 5) developmental perspectives, 6) trauma-informed systems change, and 7) creating effective and sustainable trauma-informed practice.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lesson Plan, Reading

Authors: Tim Wohltmann, Laurie Drabble