A strong foundation supports the successful implementation of trauma-responsive and equity-based practices.  The following tools and experiences represent a sample of CCSI’s approach to support organizations and schools in laying this foundation.

TRUST | TRUST-S (Trauma Responsive Understanding Self-Assessment Tool)

The TRUST (Trauma Responsive Understanding Self-Assessment Tool) and TRUST-S (for Schools) are strengths-based organizational self-assessment tools. They provide organizations and schools with an easy method for assessing current trauma-informed care practices that can be used to establish a baseline and to progressively monitor implementation over time.

Key features include:
• Online. The survey takes 12-15 minutes to complete and is anonymous to allow for authentic staff assessment of their organization or school
• Utilizes SAMHSA’s Ten Implementation Domains to guide participants through a sequence of questions related to trauma-informed practices within their organization
• Provides a summary report with strategies and resources to help organizations and schools evaluate their current practices, policies, procedures, hiring practices, service environments, and organizational culture

The TRUST can be administered for no cost for organizations across New York State. Additional strategic planning and implementation support can be provided by the CCSI Consulting Team.

Leadership Sessions

This format is intended for organizational leadership to orient them towards building a system of care that supports trauma-responsive care practices and policies. Participants explore the core values of TIC: Safety, Trustworthiness, Choice, Collaboration, and Restoring Power and how these values can be infused into daily practice from frontline staff, to supervisors and leadership. A model of a flexible framework that includes both universal approaches for all and is sensitive to the unique needs of service recipients is introduced.

Organizational and Team Culture

This session recognizes the need to reconcile cultural responsiveness with trauma-informed care and health equity. Participants explore the critical need to unpack and reveal the culture of the individuals that comprise the organization to effect true, sustainable practice transformation. Tools are introduced to deepen the integration of cultural aspects within organizational strategies and protocols. Practices to conduct on-going evaluation and analysis of policy and protocol to identify disparate impacts and effectively address them are also introduced.