TIC Organizational Assessment
Huron County Guidance Assessment for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Developing a trauma-informed approach requires change at multiples levels of an organization and systematic alignment with the six key principles described above. The guidance assessment provided here builds upon the work of Harris and Fallot and in conjunction with the key principles, provides a starting point for developing an organizational trauma-informed approach.
The following questions are adapted from SAMHSAs “Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach,” Individuals with experiences of trauma are found in multiple service sectors, not just in behavioral health. While the language may seem more familiar to behavioral health settings, organizations across systems are encouraged to adapt sample questions to best fit the needs of the agency, staff and individuals being served. For example, a juvenile justice agency may want to ask how it would incorporate the principle of safety when examining its physical environment. A primary care setting may explore how it can use empowerment, voice and choice when developing policies and procedures to provide trauma-informed services (e.g., explaining step by step a potentially invasive procedure to a patient at an OBGYN office).
This assessment is for guidance to move an agency toward being trauma-informed. It is not necessary that every section be completed; for example, many agencies or organizations may not use peers in their service delivery.