Trauma-informed residential settings require two trauma-informed setting-level systems: a Crisis Prevention and Management System and a Practice Model.
A Practice Model provides a framework for practice, based on a valid theory of how children change and develop, that motivates both children and staff to adhere to routines, structures, and processes minimizing the potential for interpersonal conflict. Without a clear framework for providing care, there are lost opportunities throughout the day to help children achieve developmental and treatment goals. The framework also provides consistency in message and approach with the children and congruency throughout the organization.
A trauma informed crisis prevention and management system identifies the roles and tasks as well as desired practice at all levels of the organization that, when implemented, create a consistent approach to crisis prevention and management within a nurturing, safe and predictable environment. The system should help organizations to prevent crises, de-escalate potential crises, manage acute behavior, reduce potential and actual injury to children and staff, teach children adaptive coping skills, and develop a learning organization.
TCI helps residential child care organizations to:
CARE: an evidence-based, trauma-informed program for organizations that provide care for children in residential settings