Implementing trauma-informed care can be challenging. How one organization chooses to tackle implementation may differ from another. No matter the path or pace, all organizations can become trauma-informed. Transforming organizational practice from traditional to trauma-informed is more than a shift in practice; it is a shift in how providers view the people they serve (DeCandia & Guarino, 2015).
The federal government has set a goal of ending family homelessness by 2020. The time has come to prioritize families in the fight to end homelessness. The science of early childhood development and the mounting evidence on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on human development is especially relevant to homeless children and families. This robust evidence base must inform an effective response to family homelessness to include integrated housing and services from shelter to stabilization. (DeCandia, 2015).
Supervision is often the lynchpin of quality services. Program and clinical supervisors must hold and communicate the vision and mission of the program, oversee service delivery, develop staff awareness, knowledge, and skills, evaluate work performance, and lead- all too often with little training, support, or time. I provide training and consultation to supervisors, individually or in groups, to develop a strong, highly effective direct care, case management, or clinical teams. In addition, I provide adjunct supervision directly to staff and clinicians so they can grow and develop the skills needed to best meet client needs.
Effective human service organizations are guided by more than a mission. They are informed by the needs of the population, grounded in the evidence of best practices, and follow a clear model of service delivery. Multiple sources of data coupled with locally based, experiential knowledge of consumers and staff, create robust strategic plans to clearly guide program development.
Sharing information through well written reports or presentations is a critical part of the work of human service agencies and non-profits. Often times organizations have data or practice experiences that need to be compiled into an effective and compelling brief, report, article, or presentation. I have written and produced reports for various organizations including policymakers, published in academic journals, and presented in local and national forums (see News and Media), and am available to help you tell your story.