Episode 143 - Lesley Barraball and Carlos Neves: Carizon: One Agency's Experience Integrating Trauma-Informed Care

Monday, May 12, 2014, 8:29:14 AM

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In 2013, two agencies (Kidslink, a children’s mental health provider, and Mosaic Counseling, which offered a variety of services to children, men, and women) merged to form Carizon Family and Community Services. Our guests in this podcast explore the newly-formed agency’s experience incorporating trauma-informed care into its treatment philosophy and provision of service.

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Average Rating: 4stars  how to make your organization trauma-informed., Monday, February 01, 2016

By Joe M. :

You may be familiar with the principals of trauma-informed care, but, like me, not really have a firm grasp of how an organization would actually go about implementing them. This podcast goes into detail about how one organization, Carizon Family and Community Services, went about doing that very thing. Two representatives of the agency are interviewed and they explain how agency policy changes were arrived at and some specifics of what they were. The process of arriving at consensus on policy updates seemed trauma-informed in itself. They emphasized that trauma-informed practices are not just taught to front line workers, but to everyone in the organization. If colleagues at the agency or agency management doesn’t treat the worker in a trauma aware way, how could that worker be expected to behave that way with clients? I liked the focus on self-care and self-understanding that this organization now has. This makes sense to me, since I believe that we can’t treat others in a truly open and caring manner unless we treat ourselves the same way. There is also mention of an organizational training program called “sanctuary” which sounds very interesting. If you are interested in the implementation of trauma-informed care, this episode is well worth listening to.

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Average Rating: 4stars  trauma informed care-agency transformation, Monday, January 26, 2015

By Michelle Bernard :

I found the podcast quite informative and interesting as it outlined how one longstanding agency in Ontario, Canada adopted trauma informed care across their organization. The adoption of trauma informed care is essential in ensuring that individuals that utilize a service do not experience re-traumatization and actually receive the assistance they require to overcome adversity in a meaningful and beneficial manner recognizing the importance of resiliency.
There sharing of their organizations experience is invaluable and demonstrates that when evidence based research, an organizations commitment to an adoption of trauma informed care is taken it can have an impact not only with the clients they serve but also with the staff responsible for the delivery of service . A recognition of the impact of vicarious trauma and trauma informed principles allowed for a shift in their workplace culture.
The journey of becoming trauma informed outlined the internal awareness that a majority of their clients had experienced trauma and that staff were at risk of vicarious trauma. Without addressing trauma in an informed way lead to an increased risk of “collective disturbance” The enactment of the trauma informed principles of trustworthiness, choice, empowerment, safety and collaboration were the consistent foundation in all of their service provision.
The organization outlined some of the work they did in a clear and concise manner and left me wondering why all organizations have not moved in this direction with such commitment.
I found it interesting that one of the things they learned was that they discovered a lot of their work was trauma informed but that it was not consistent and deliberate and it was without the utilization of a common language. I also found it interesting that they spoke about not only adopting trauma informed care but that they utilized interventions that were trauma specific.
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Average Rating: 5stars  helpful, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

By Mike Rood :

Informative, practical and nicely paced learning opportunity.

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