In 2001, MVBCN began to explore ways to improve what we offer to trauma survivors, with an initial focus on those who frequently used crisis or hospital services. We launched a year-long discussion among consumers, providers, and program managers which created a regional vision of a trauma-informed system.
Oversight of the BCN’s Trauma Survivors Project is the responsibility of an Administrative/Oversight committee which includes significant consumer representation. Below is a list of the major systems change efforts so far, and supporting materials.
- Extensive clinical and support staff training on the high prevalence of trauma and the need for trauma informed care. Trauma 101 is offered several times each year to educate clinicians about the pervasiveness of trauma experience and elements of trauma sensitive care
- Trauma and the Brain (PDF) - These slides from the Trauma 101 training demonstrate how traumatic events are processed and store in the brain
- Addition of trauma screening as a required element of assessment at each point of entry into services.
- Trauma Peer Support contracted through Project ABLE. Click HERE
- Inclusion of questions on our annual consumer satisfaction survey to determine consumer awareness of trauma and abuse as contributors to mental health and addictions problems, and the extent to which trauma is considered in care.
- Provision of materials to assist agencies in orienting new staff to trauma sensitive care:
1. These two webinars present findings from the Adverse Childhood Events Study, and provide information on the long-lasting impacts of child abuse and neglect on both and women.
7. Developmental Trauma Disorder is being proposed for the DSM-V as an improved understanding of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. For the article (PDF) from Dr. Van der Kolk making the case for this new diagnostic formulation, click HERE
. For the proposed diagnostic criteria (PDF) from the DSM-V workgroup, click HERE
8. This material is from a recent book by Sandra Bloom, MD, and explains the biological basis for how all of us react when under stress: The Human Stress Response: What Does Everyone Need to Know? (PDF)
9. Materials to help survivors and their clinicians who are struggling to deal with self-injury: Trauma Informed Self-Injury Compendium 2011 (PDF)
10. Materials from April 9, 2013, provider training by ISST-D on "Understanding and Working with Complex Trauma and Dissociation":