Training Staff in Trauma Treatments: Considerations for Complex Care Providers

Key Questions Answered
  • What are some evidence-based models of trauma-informed care (TIC) and what are their distinctive features?
  • How can organizations maximize the benefits of TIC training for staff?
Key Themes and Takeaways

This resource summarizes feedback from care providers who received training in various evidence-based models of TIC. Key recommendations include:

  • In choosing a TIC model, organizations should assess whether the structure of the treatment fits their care models. For example, one model relies on patient groups, and may be most appropriate for a care setting that routinely offers group appointments.
  • Before conducting trainings, organizations should consider their staff’s baseline knowledge to determine which staff might benefit the most and how much background information to include.
  • Organizations should consider adopting models with well-developed training materials, such as role-play exercises and handouts.
  • Organizations should assess the appropriateness of a model for patients, both in terms of complexity and cultural factors.
  • It is helpful to be able to implement the model shortly after the training, to allow staff to put their freshly learned skills into practice.
Alexandra Maul
Population Addressed
Adults Under 65 with Disabilities
People with Advanced Illness
Frail Older Adults
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
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