A study of 598 people across various industries who underwent a two-day training workshop where they learned about trauma-informed care and how to deploy these skills within their organizations, found participants reported significant gains in knowledge of trauma and made improvements to organizational policies, according to a comparison of survey data collected before and after the trainings.
- Nearly 600 individuals trained in a two-day trauma-informed care course reported improvements in competencies related to knowledge and cultural awareness
- Individuals also reported positive changes to organizational policies
Among those trained, who included nurses, CEOs, academics, and corrections officers, post-survey scores increased significantly in four out of five survey measures, including self-assessed knowledge and attitudes about trauma, systemwide knowledge and attitudes, awareness of cultural background at work, and skills of training and coaching staff to sustainably build the conditions for safety and mattering.
Moreland-Capuia designed the Training for Change workshops included in the study.
“Because trauma is everywhere and experienced widely, trauma and healing must be everyone’s business,” said Moreland-Capuia, who also serves as director of Trauma-Informed Treatment, Consultation, and Outreach for the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“Our workshops equip individuals and organizations with the necessary tools for creating and codifying safety, mattering, and healing.”
Trauma-informed care is an approach that considers the trauma that an individual may have experienced or still be experiencing and offers training and education to facilitate healing and empowerment.
An estimated 70% of the global population and two-thirds of Americans have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes.