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Study Information Form- Midwestern University

Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Perceived Barriers Towards Trauma-Informed Care Among Multidisciplinary Health Professionals Across Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the Midwest
Purpose of the Study:
You are invited to participate in a research study that is being conducted by Arielle Carmel, M.A., under the research supervision of Rachel Piszczor, Psy.D., Associate Professor, both from the Clinical Psychology Department of Midwestern University, Downers Grove. The purpose of this research is to investigate the knowledge, attitudes, practice patterns, and perceived barriers towards trauma-informed care amongst multidisciplinary health professionals. The ultimate purpose of the study is to determine if a webinar-based training on trauma-informed care is effective in promoting various aspects of this important care model. 

Who can Participate?:
In order to be eligible to participate you should be 18 years and older and be a currently employed licensed health care professional (i.e. medical, dental, or mental health). In addition, to participate in the study you should currently work at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) within the Midwest. Finally, to participate you should be able to read English and have access to a computer. It is important to note that participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to participate in the research study, there is no penalty. If you do not wish to participate in the study but are interested in learning more about trauma-informed care, you will be provided with access to a list of resources.

Study Procedures:
All study participants will be enrolled in the webinar-based study. Prior to the webinar, all participants will be asked to answer questions from two surveys electronically and delivered via the SurveyMonkey platform. You will be asked to answer basic questions regarding your demographics (e.g., age, race, ethnicity, sex, profession), although to protect your anonymity, you will not be asked questions that would easily identify you. In addition to answering questions related to your personal and professional demographics, you will also be asked to answer the study measures, which include answering questions related to what you know about trauma-informed care, your attitudes toward trauma-informed care, any practice you engage in with regard to trauma-informed care, and what you perceive to be barriers (e.g., what gets in the way) to trauma-informed care. All participants will then access the online webinar, delivered by Arielle Carmel, M.A., and Rachel Piszczor, Psy.D., which will take approximately 40 minutes. At the end of the webinar training, all participants will be asked to answer the same self-report measures to assess post levels of knowledge and attitudes. This will also be done electronically and delivered via the SurveyMonkey platform. The entire duration of your involvement will take between 1 hour and 1 hour and 20 minutes.

In order to help maintain your confidentiality within the study, no identifiable information will be collected for analysis. You will receive the link to the surveys and webinar training from your respective directors, yet no one that you work with will know who takes the survey and who does not, nor will they have access to any of your survey responses. Further, your survey responses are not connected to you, your email, or any other identifiable information. This allows for you to take the surveys, and the training, and to remain anonymous.
Risks of Participating:
There are few minor risks with participating in the webinar training. Although the workshop is designed to assess levels of knowledge, attitudes, practice, and perceived barriers towards trauma-informed care, it is possible that discussing concepts related to ACEs and trauma may foster feelings of discomfort. Therefore, materials will be disseminated to all participants regarding additional supports and resources if desired. These supports include readings and resources related to vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout. In addition, given the voluntary nature of the training and the study, any participant may leave the training and the study at any time. This means that you may start the study and stop at any point before, during or after the training. Another minimal risk is the risk of loss of confidentiality. Although no names and identifiable information is collected for data analysis purposes, there is always some level of risk associated with internet usage, with regard to confidentiality. The study team is using SurveyMonkey to collect information and disseminate the webinar training, which has a higher level of protection over regular internet usage, and all data will be tracked with a unique code that will not easily identify you to the study team.

Benefits of Participation:
By participating in this study, you will be provided with training and education related to a trauma-informed care model. Therefore, the benefit to participants is an anticipated increase in knowledge and comfort of trauma-informed care as a result. There is also the aim to benefit your clients indirectly through increasing clinician knowledge and comfort as a result.

Participant’s Rights:
As mentioned above, it is important to note that participation in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to decline or terminate participation in this study at any time. This includes prior to starting the study or during the training and study. The study is completely voluntary. There are no penalties or consequences if you decide that you do not want to participate.

Contact Information:
If you have further questions or concerns about your rights as a participant in this study, contact James Woods, Ph.D., Midwestern University's Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, at (630)-515-6173 or at You may also feel free to reach out to Arielle Carmel, M.A. (Email- or Rachael A. Piszczor, Psy.D. (Email-; Phone- [630]-515-7633) if you have any questions about the study.

*Please note that by moving forward with the study procedures, you agree to your participation in the study.
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