Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services
The National Center on Family Homelessness at American Institutes for Research has developed a Trauma-Informed Organizational Curriculum that includes a suite of toolkits for use in a variety of social service settings. The central component of each toolkit is a Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment that includes concrete practices or benchmarks of trauma-informed care that serve as guidelines for adopting a trauma-informed approach. Each Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment includes universal trauma-informed practices as well as specific practices for unique populations (homeless families, women veterans, displaced families). The toolkit presented here is designed specifically for homeless families.
This curriculum is designed to be used by programs to: 1) evaluate programming based on how well they incorporate Self-Assessment practices; 2) identify areas for organizational growth; and 3) make practical changes using the Self-Assessment as a guide (Guarino et. al, 2009). In addition to background information on trauma-informed care and a Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment, each toolkit includes a How-To Manual for beginning the change process at your agency.
Contact: Kathleen Guarino, Director of Training firstname.lastname@example.org
Full citation for this toolkit:
Guarino, K., Soares, P., Konnath, K., Clervil, R., and Bassuk, E. (2009). Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit. Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Daniels Fund, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Self-Assessment was developed over the course of several years. The development of self-assessment items and domains was based on feedback from trauma and research experts, consumers, and community providers. Self-assessment items were field tested and the tool was piloted locally, in Boston, MA, and nationally, in emergency shelter and transitional housing programs across the United States. The original Self-Assessment has since been adapted for agencies serving women, veterans, and displaced families. Adaptations have also included pilot testing of new items. The adapted versions are also available on the PerformWell website.