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The Importance of Organizational-Level Factors in the Delivery of Trauma-Informed Interventions (Audio Training, 3 Hours)
with Carryl Navalta, PhD, Glenn Saxe, MD, Adam Brown, PsyD, Heidi B. Ellis, PhD, Robert Kilkenny EdD, Suan Hansen, LCSW-R, RPT-S

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The success of organizations that provide community-based mental health services is partly dictated by such higher order factors as federal and state regulations, funding, and collaborations among service systems. A lower-order (but just as important) factor associated with success is the organization’s establishment of a social context of shared clinicians’ expectations, perceptions, and attitudes – key attributes that are predicted to influence the adoption of empirically-supported treatments, treatment fidelity, the relationships between clinicians and clients, as well as the availability, responsiveness, and continuity of services provided by the organization. Consistent with the socio-technical model of organizational effectiveness, we believe that a successful implementation strategy is largely dependent on the ‘fit’ between an organization’s social context and the trauma-informed intervention that is to be delivered. To that end, this pre-meeting institute will highlight the diffusion of an innovative, empirically supported treatment model, Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), to meet the mental health needs of children and youth exposed to traumatic events. Presenters from disparate types of organizations (i.e., academic health center, county mental health department, residential facility, school-based agency) will discuss how unique aspects of their organizations influenced (positively and negatively) the initiation, maintenance, and ultimate long-term sustainability of a TST program. Such factors will include organizations’ infrastructure, culture, connections with community stakeholders, finances, and interagency collaborations. In sum, the discussion will illuminate that any trauma-informed intervention is effective only if the intersection of the treatment itself and the organization that provides the treatment is successfully navigated.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify organizational factors that need to be addressed in  providing trauma-informed interventions

2.  Describe clinicians’ attributes that can impact the adoption of trauma-informed interventions within organizations

3.  Identify the effective implementation strategies for trauma-informed interventions within organizations

4.  Define the implications for future practice