203512 A cross-system approach to developing workforce competencies, curriculum, and champions for trauma-informed care

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:45 PM

Leslie E. Lieberman, MSW , Health Federation of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Nick Claxton, BA, CQSW , Division of Maternal Child and Family Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Renee Queen Jackson, MEd , Office of Early Childhood Education, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Trauma informed practice, everyone is talking about it, but what does it really mean and how can it be achieved in a large urban public service system? Multiplying Connections, a Philadelphia based initiative, is addressing these questions through a collaborative cross-system coalition focused on building capacity for trauma informed care for children 0-5.

In 2006, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, the Health Federation of Philadelphia formed a Cross System Training Institute (CSTI) charged with promoting trauma informed practice in four large public systems that serve young children, the School District of Philadelphia, and the City's Departments of Human Services, Maternal Child Health and Children's Behavioral Health.

Using a nominal process the CSTI has developed the first set of core professional competencies for effective trauma informed and developmentally appropriate practice. In 2009 the group developed a full-day core course introducing professionals at all levels to these competencies. Through the project's website, providers in Philadelphia will be directed to additional training and staff development opportunities which deepen their competence in specific domains in the Core Competencies.

This presentation will describe the process used to develop the core competencies and foundational curriculum, as well as lessons learned from establishing and sustaining a cross-system training institute and creating local champions for trauma informed practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the process used to create trauma informed core competencies. 2. Identify at least two strategies for creating champions for trauma informed practice. 3. Describe the benefits of cross training to promote trauma informed practice.

Keywords: Competency, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 20 years of experience designing and directing successful public health programs in California and Pennsylvania. Currently, as the Director of the Multiplying Connections Initiative I have been responsible for the development and dissemination of the trauma informed competencies and training materials that will be discussed in this presentation. I have extensive experience presenting at national and regional professional meetings including presentations as lead author at APHA on several occasions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.