Trauma Adapted Family Connections
Trauma Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC) builds on Family Connections principles and service components to provide trauma-focused interventions across these broad domains while integrating:
- trauma-focused family assessment and engagement;
- psycho-education to teach family members about trauma symptomatology;
- a focus on building safety capacity within the community and immediate environment;
- trauma informed parenting practices and communication; and
- trauma informed approaches to working with families.
Trauma Adapted Family Connections is a conceptual model for working with families experiencing complex developmental trauma was developed that identifies the core components for such work.
Activities associated with TA-FC include
- training in trauma child welfare practice,
- professional development related to secondary traumatic stress,
- teaching graduate social work interns in trauma informed practice, and
- participation in various National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) committees that develop core components and competencies for trauma informed practice.
Many resources have been developed:
- FANS Trauma - a practitioner instrument that is focused on families who have experienced trauma the ( https://www.fans.umaryland.edu)
- Toolkit - a resource for trauma therapists interested in advancing practice in family informed trauma assessment, treatment planning and intervention (http://fittcenter.umaryland.edu).
- Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Urban Poverty on Family Systems: Risks, Resilience and Interventions http://nctsn.org/products/nctsn-affiliated-resources/understanding-impact-trauma-and-urban-poverty-family-systems
TECI integrates classroom and field experiences by linking the following components:
- clinical elective trauma treatment course which introduces the Core Concepts of Child Trauma Treatment;
- child trauma treatment training that includes attending a 2 day intensive skills based training in an evidence based trauma treatment method, and
- an advanced year field placement where actual experience using the method and supervision with a field supervisor trained in this modality.
For information about TECI contact Dr. Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For project information, contact:
Kathryn S. Collins, PhD, MSW
Principal Investigator, Trauma Adapted Family Connections
Co-Principal Investigator, FITT Center
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work