Trauma Informed Care Agency Self-Assessment
The Agency Self-Assessment for Trauma-Informed Care is intended to be a tool that will help you assess your organization’s readiness to implement a trauma-informed approach. Honest and candid staff responses can benefit your agency by helping to identify opportunities for program and environmental change, assist in professional development planning, and can be used to inform organizational policy change.
How to Complete the Agency Self-Assessment
The Self-Assessment is organized into five main “domains” or areas of programming to be examined:
- Supporting Staff Development
- Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment
- Assessing and Planning Services
- Involving Consumers
- Adapting Policies
Agency staff completing the Self-Assessment are asked to read through each item and use the scale ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree” to evaluate the extent to which they agree that their agency incorporates each practice into daily programming. Staff members are asked to answer based on their experience in the program over the past twelve months.
Responses to the Self-Assessment items should remain anonymous and staff should be encouraged to answer with their initial impression of the question as honestly and accurately as possible. Remember, staff members are not evaluating their individual performance, but rather, the practice of the agency as a whole. Staff should complete the Self-Assessment when they have ample time to consider their responses; this may be completed in one sitting or section-by-section if time does not allow.