Training Staff in Trauma Treatments: Considerations for Complex Care Providers

Alexandra Maul
February 2017

This resource summarizes feedback from care providers who received training in various evidence-based models of TIC. Key recommendations include:

  • In choosing a TIC model, organizations should assess whether the structure of the treatment fits their care models. For example, one model relies on patient groups, and may be most appropriate for a care setting that routinely offers group appointments.
  • Before conducting trainings, organizations should consider their staff’s baseline knowledge to determine which staff might benefit the most and how much background information to include.
  • Organizations should consider adopting models with well-developed training materials, such as role-play exercises and handouts.
  • Organizations should assess the appropriateness of a model for patients, both in terms of complexity and cultural factors.
  • It is helpful to be able to implement the model shortly after the training, to allow staff to put their freshly learned skills into practice.
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Population Addressed
Adults Under 65 with Disabilities
People with Advanced Illness
Frail Older Adults
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Key Questions Answered
  • What are some evidence-based models of trauma-informed care (TIC) and what are their distinctive features?
  • How can organizations maximize the benefits of TIC training for staff?
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
What does this mean?