The Resilience Champion

Assessing your Setting

In this section, you’ll use a systematic approach to assess and examine the different domains of your setting, such as leadership capacity, policies and procedures, and physical environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • In the first three sections of the course, the focus was on setting your table for the sustainable application of a trauma-informed and resilience-building approach. In section 4, we shift to focus on assessing your setting using a trauma-informed 
  • The intent behind a trauma-informed assessment is to use a systematic systematic approach to evaluate different areas of your setting–both the things that are working well and the areas that could be improved. The information you gather in the assessment will help guide the development of specific goals. 
  • There are a number of different trauma-informed assessment tools that exist, most of which are based on the Trauma-Informed Program Self-Assessment Scale developed by Drs. Roger Fallot and Maxine Harris.  All of these tools encourage you to look at a variety of domains in your setting. Five domains that are common across these tools are: 
    • Leadership and staff
    • Clients and consumers
    • Services
    • Policies and procedures
    • Physical environment
  • Redesigning our systems and structures requires us to consider the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in ALL of these domains.

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