Supervising from a Trauma-Informed Perspective

Supervising from a Trauma-Informed Perspective

This training will build capacity in supervisors in their role as a key component of a service system that uses a trauma-informed perspective. Participants will learn how to draw on their knowledge, experience and expertise of the child welfare environment and the impact of trauma on clients and staff to educate and support staff doing critical work with children who have been abused or neglected. Teaching points will draw on evidence-based research and expert judgment and offer resources, activities and work guides for supervisors to create a “culture of care” that supports trauma-informed practice by and for staff.  

The training will give participants tools to recognize what trauma-informed supervision looks like, encouragement about their capacity to shift to trauma-informed perspective, and resources to continue to improve their practice of trauma-informed supervision. The training stresses the importance of the supervisor role and acknowledges the responsibility and need for the supervisor to practice self-care themselves and to model the practice for workers. 

After the training, participants will be able to supervise staff in a manner that enhances staff capacity to offer trauma-informed care to children, families, and providers, and maintain a work environment that addresses, minimizes, and treats secondary traumatic stress, and increases staff resilience. 

TXICFW Developed this training in 2014 for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services