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How Trauma-Informed is Your Organization? Assessing and Improving Organizational Performance.

Meeting Description:

Hear Kathleen Guarino translate trauma-informed care into tangible, concrete components organizations can incorporate as they strive to adopt a trauma-informed approach and improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adults and families.  Taking people’s experiences of trauma into account in service delivery, and creating the physical, psychological and emotional safety required to give them the opportunity to rebuild a sense of control and improve their lives, is an important but extensive process.

In this webinar, we review the Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment, featured on PerformWell, as one way to assess current performance and lay a foundation for improvement over time. Practitioners who have used the version designed for women veterans will describe their organizations’ approaches to transforming practices, policies and organizational culture, including successes and lessons learned. The speakers will discuss the benefits of becoming trauma-informed, how to use this curriculum to create change, next steps, and resources required.  A substantial amount of time will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience.

This event is appropriate for organizations working with populations – children, adults or families – that have experienced trauma in substantial numbers. The self-assessment featured was initially developed for agencies in the field of homelessness, but has been adapted for use with women veterans and displaced families and may be used by organizations in other fields. 

Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Krysten Appelbaum
 Presenter Information
Kathleen Guarino

Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, develops programs, resources, and training curricula to implement trauma-informed practices. She trains across the nation on traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and trauma-informed care, and provides individualized consultation to organizations to support trauma-informed programming. Kathleen is a licensed mental health clinician with experience providing therapeutic services to children and families in residential and outpatient settings. Kathleen received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and she holds a certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. 

Victoria Bifano
Vice President Human Resources, New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Kristine DiNardo
Vice President of Clinical Services, New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Dale Proulx
Clinical Manager, Veterans Inc.

Katie Doherty
Director of Training and Education/Consultant Women's Program, Soldier On

Josie Alleman
Strategic Initiatives Consultant, Social Solutions (moderator)