Organizational Transformation – Creating a Trauma-Informed Organization

A trauma-informed approach to healing is critical at every level of the therapeutic model. We understand the complex and lasting impacts of trauma on the communities we serve, and believe in creating an organizational model that respects, acknowledges and addresses trauma-informed care from a holistic and approachable level.

FamilyWorks Together has a unique lens that focuses on the healing power of connection and safe relationships at an organizational, staff, and clinical level. When each level is appropriately supported, they can put their arms around the level they support. As supervisors or employees in our own organizations, we can sometimes be “too close” to see some of the systemic or overarching challenges we face, and think strategically about how to address them. FamilyWorks Together provides comprehensive organizational assessment, transformation plan development, training, and team and individual coaching to help your organization become more trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. A trauma-informed and trauma-responsive workforce is professionally and emotionally prepared to work with a traumatized client base, trusts their co-workers and supervisors, feels empowered to act ethically and voice concerns, and entitled to the self-care that will keep them safe and whole.

Organizational Assessment

This phase of organizational transformation includes a customized agency survey on knowledge, attitudes, and practice of trauma informed care. Additionally, we provide key informant interviews on current practices and desired outcomes in-person or by phone. We then analyze this data and begin the customized transformation plan development.

Transformation Plan Development

Using the various components of the organizational assessment, the FamilyWorks Together team will compare survey and key-informant responses to SAMHSA guidelines for trauma informed best practices and identify areas for maximum growth. We will then customize our training to your areas and your organization. In partnership with you, we will create a training and coaching plan to meet your needs. Training can happen organization-wide or be department or even team specific. Key players can receive coaching in trauma informed and responsive supervision, leadership, and strategic direction.

Training and Coaching

Our highly experienced training team will implement the agreed upon training. Our Master Clinical Trainer has trained on trauma informed and trauma responsive work locally, nationally and internationally and has received outstanding reviews from social workers to CEOs and medical personnel. We integrate adult learning theory, participatory learning, emotional engagement, and intrinsic motivation to create a training that is both informative and skills based so that your staff gains knowledge and valuable skills they can begin using the next day.

We provide monthly follow up coaching sessions to individuals, teams and organizations. Research tells us that we can rarely change an ingrained behavior after simply learning about another option. Coaching provides guidance, feedback and support for these changes as well as providing an additional level of accountability. Coaching ensures that changes are being made on the individual, team, and organizational level.

Training and Coaching

Our highly experienced training team will implement the agreed upon training. Our Master Clinical Trainer has trained on trauma informed and trauma responsive work locally, nationally and internationally and has received outstanding reviews from social workers to CEOs and medical personnel. We integrate adult learning theory, participatory learning, emotional engagement, and intrinsic motivation to create a training that is both informative and skills based so that your staff gains knowledge and valuable skills they can begin using the next day.

We provide monthly follow up coaching sessions to individuals, teams and organizations. Research tells us that we can rarely change an ingrained behavior after simply learning about another option. Coaching provides guidance, feedback and support for these changes as well as providing an additional level of accountability. Coaching ensures that changes are being made on the individual, team, and organizational level.