Trauma Informed Care Agency Self-Assessment

Purpose

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.

Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment

Please complete the assessment, reading each item and rating from strongly disagree to strongly agree based on your experience in the organization over the last year. Use your initial impression: Remember you are evaluating the agency not your individual performance.
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  • I. Supporting Staff Development

  • A. Training and Education

    Staff at all levels of the program receive training and education on the following topics:



  • B. Staff Supervision, Support and Self-Care



  • II. Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment: Dependent on Level of Care:

  • A. Establishing a Safe Physical Environment



  • B. Establishing a Supportive Environment

  • Information Sharing


  • Cultural Competence


  • Privacy and Confidentiality


  • Safety and Crisis Prevention Planning

    For the following item, the term “safety plan” is defined as a plan for what a consumer and staff members will do if the consumer feels threatened by another person outside of the program.


  • For the following item, the term “crisis-prevention plan” is defined as an individualized plan for how to help each consumer manage stress and feel supported.



  • Open and Respectful Communication


  • Consistency and Predictability


  • III. Assessing and Planning Services

  • A. Conducting Intake Assessments

    The intake assessment includes questions about:



  • Intake Assessment Process


  • Intake Assessment Follow-Up


  • B. Developing Goals and Plans



  • C. Offering Services and Trauma-Specific Interventions



  • IV. Involving Consumers

  • A. Involving Current and Former Consumers



  • V. Adapting Policies

  • A. Creating Written Policies



  • B. Reviewing Policies