Trauma-Informed System of Care Training and Technical Assistance
THRIVE is the Nation’s First Trauma-Informed System of Care for Children & the First System of Care for Juvenile Justice.
THRIVE has successfully:
- Changed Maine state contract language to require that child serving agencies be trauma-informed and practice system of care principles
- Created and Implemented the Trauma-Informed System of Care Agency
- Assessment Tool
- Partnered with eight statewide family organizations in Maine to further family voice and choice
- Developed a statewide youth advocacy organization
- Created a trauma-informed culture in Maine state systems
- Implemented and sustained trauma specif ic treatments
THRIVE Initiative Technical Assistance
THRIVE helps providers and community organizations transform the way services are delivered to children and families through trauma-informed training and technical assistance based on the following system of care core values and guiding principles:
- Family Driven
- Youth Guided
- Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Trauma–informed means that individuals and agencies are educated on the causes and effects of trauma and understand the potential to re-traumatize families and youth by providing services and interacting in a manner that is not sensitive to their experiences and needs based on:
- Language access and cultural competence
What are the causes and effects of trauma?
Trauma has many causes — physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, exposure to substance abuse, violent acts and natural disasters among others. The effects of traumatic stress include but are not limited to: extreme anxiety, anger, mistrust, sleep impairment and can manifest at any time at school, community agencies and departments, homeless shelters, foster homes, youth correctional facilities — anywhere and everywhere youth and families are served.
What is trauma-informed service?
Whereas, traditional service begins addressing “problem” behaviors by asking “What is wrong with this child and/ or family?” a trauma-informed approach recognizes such behaviors as ways of coping with or adapting to painful current circumstances or stress related to past traumatic events. The trauma-informed initial question is: “What has happened to this child and/or family?” THRIVE trainers coach staff, including receptionists and administrators, as well as clinicians, other community service providers and youth and adult consumers, on trauma-informed in- teractions, assessment and service delivery for stronger, healthier, more effective provider-consumer relation- ships.
How can I or my agency become trauma-informed?
THRIVE provides training, technical assistance and consultation on trauma-informed care that is family driven, youth guided and culturally and linguistically competent. Based on your organizational needs, we will incorporate community, youth and family input to design a package to meet your unique needs. As trainers and consultants we believe in modeling these principles by having you work with our family, youth, clinical and cultural and linguis- tic THRIVE consultants. Options include:
- Trauma-informed System of Care Agency Assessment (TIAA)
- Technical assistance “Crosswalk” for agencies completing the TIAA
- Trauma-informed Positive Youth Development
- Trauma and Cultural Competency
- Trauma-informed Schools/Classrooms
- Learning Collaborative for Trauma-Specific Treatments
- Child Traumatic Stress, Intergenerational Trauma and Resiliency
- Consultation on Trauma-informed Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Practices
- Organizational Trauma
- Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
Nick Beverage, Program Manager THRIVE
175 Lancaster Street, Suite 216
Portland, ME 04101
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