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Trauma-Informed Care - Best Practices Toolkit for Providers

  • Overview


There is an arc to becoming trauma-informed; it is a multi-year process that begins with awareness and grows to the point where the theory of trauma becomes embedded and operationalized throughout an organization thereby improving outcomes for clients and increasing staff wellbeing and retention. The Collaborative is helping groups throughout Illinois move from awareness to implementation. For example, we are working with the Healthy Chicago 2.0 Trauma-Informed Hospital Collaborative to help 16+ hospitals begin (and advance) the process of becoming trauma-informed systems, providing training and technical assistance on ACEs, trauma, and resilience to offer guidance on becoming trauma-informed anchor institutions for addressing adversity in their communities. The resources shared in this toolkit are informed by our work with the Hospital Collaborative and are designed to help providers both increase their understanding of what it means to be truly trauma-informed and begin the complex and multi-step process of implementing those practices.

This toolkit is currently in formation and we look forward to sharing new resources in early 2018.

Assessment Tools:
  • Members of our Trauma-Informed Hospital Collaborative filled out this assessment for their individual hospital following the SAMSHA guidelines. View the assessment tool.
Sample Presentation to Hospital Leadership:
Videos on trauma-informed care:
ACEs 101 Resources:
Coming soon!
  • Report: The ROI of Investing in Trauma-Informed Care
  • Video guides on providing trauma-informed care
  • Provider self-care resources