Trauma-Informed Practice

This group is a space to share and collaborate around resources related to Trauma Informed Practice research or instruction at the college or professional levels.
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Self-Care for New Child Welfare Workers: Social Worker Safety, Stress Management, and Time Management (Version 2.0)

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Self-care for social workers is an essential skill that can prevent burn-out in a stressful field. This resource on self-care in child welfare work includes teaching materials on specific topics often problematic for new workers like time management, stress management, secondary trauma, and safety. Materials can be used to teach how stressful work experiences effect professional performance and well-being, and strategies for stress reduction. Resources includes a PowerPoint presentation and references. Materials were compiled for the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program for all new child welfare workers in the state.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) (Version 2.1)

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Three full, interactive curricula on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) complied for the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program for all new child welfare workers in the state. Curricula and supplemental materials cover historical trauma and distrust experienced by Indian/Native American people; the historical, philosophical, and legal bases for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA); the government-to-government relationship between sovereign Tribes and the U.S.; and the basic provisions of ICWA. Materials in curricula include PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, vignettes, and activities like family tree creation exercise.

Material Type: Full Course

Intimate Partner Violence (Version 2.1)

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Intimate Partner Violence can have serious effects on family wellbeing and social workers need to be adequately informed about addressing it. These learning materials on Intimate Partner Violence were compiled for the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program for all new child welfare workers in the state. PowerPoint presentation, definition cards, case vignettes, and on-line resources to help social workers build competence in working with families affected by domestic violence. Topics include: effective interventions; interaction between domestic violence and culture, poverty, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, and substance abuse; the effect of violence on children and adolescents; and the effect of trauma on the decision making.

Material Type: Case Study, Full Course, Student Guide

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