The TReSIA Organizational Assessment looks at five areas:
1. Leadership and Culture. These questions ask about top level commitment and buy-in, strategy and focus, communication about the transformation, evidence of a culture of caring and response, and modeling by leadership for staff.
2. Trauma-Informed Care/Trauma-Responsive Structure. Questions in this area inquire about connection to business objectives and strategies, cooperation between teams and work groups that maintain an ecological rather than pathological focus, language as it relates to process, and how change is effected for the people who receive services from the organization.
3. Policies and Processes. Policies and processes need to reflect the key elements of trauma-informed responses and support a culture that accepts the reality of trauma, power, and the challenges of creating a safer environment at all levels.
4. Employee Skills: Employee awareness of and commitment to TIC efforts; levels of knowledge about Trauma-Informed Care, specific models, practical skills in adopting and transferring knowledge to persons served.
5. Tools and Resources: Technology, tools, staff, space and other concerns for achieving the Trauma-Responsive state sought by TIC. These questions explore how the organization is supporting the staff in mastering and demonstrating TIC in their relationships with each other and the people they serve.
TReSIA does not focus on professional qualifications for service delivery because we assume that hiring qualifications include this employee attribute. TReSIA focuses the organization as a whole.
To complete the TReSIA Organizational Assessment, rate each question. Your responses are anonymous; no identifying information except the name of your organization is required. There is an opportunity for you to provide your name and email address if you choose to, and this is optional. Of course, for us to send your responses, we'll need an email address!
Thank you for your commitment to the work of responding to the impact of trauma in your work.
Elizabeth Power, M.Ed.
CEO, EPower & Associates, Inc.