Today’s training module for new employees is about creating and maintaining structure. Remember, this is the fifth in a series of ten. This training series is designed to prepare new, inexperienced staff to deliver skillful trauma-informed care. The lessons can be taught by supervisors. Each module consists of a discussion and an exercise to try to explore the topic. And each module includes a tip sheet with ideas for how to put that skill into practice immediately, using practical strategies.

Before I go on to this module, I want to remind you about my on line training course Making It Real! Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Child Serving Agencies.

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Do we have to move through the course in any particular order or on a particular schedule? No. You will have full access to the course when you buy it. The Sections and Modules are presented in a logical order, but you can start with whichever ones feel most urgent or interesting to you. Since you have and can download all the material, you can take as long or as short as you wish to move through it.

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Who is this course designed for?

  • If you work for an agency that treats children and their families…
  • If you also need to manage problematic behaviors in your clients…
  • If you are just starting the journey towards trauma-informed care OR
  • If you have begun implementing trauma-informed care but are not sure if it is truly central to everyone’s practice…
  • If you are sometimes discouraged or hopeless about your work…
  • If team dynamics sometimes get in the way of your doing your best work…
  • If you want specific tools and resources to improve what you offer your clients…

Then this course is for you!

I am an individual practitioner…or I would like to learn more about trauma-informed care but I don’t think I can get my team to do the course… Should I do it? This course is organized around team discussion and planning. However, if you do it on your own you will still get a lot of ideas, tools and resources. And maybe you will be so excited about the value you find that you will be able to persuade your team to participate!

Is any additional support included? Yes, we will have a private Facebook group in which we can all share our experiences with the course.

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Now for the fifth module in the New Employee Training Series- Creating and Maintaining Structure and Activities

Discussion: In the past lives of our youth, change and uncertainty have led to pain. When the child did not know what was coming next, what came was often hurtful. The child was often able to survive by noticing small clues in people, by anticipating change and preparing for it, or resisting it. The child had to be extremely alert and vigilant. When others were in control, they used their power to hurt the child. Often people told the child that a change was or his or her own good, and it turned out to be bad. People were not trustworthy, and they disappeared without explanation. Therefore the child came to associate change and uncertainly with disaster.

We all find change difficult, but in our children this is magnified and causes extreme anxiety.

And how do our children react to anxiety and fear? They become aggressive and threatening in order to feel more powerful. They try to assert control using methods they know. They retreat. They hurt themselves and others.

Predictability, dependability, repeated warnings of impending transitions, discussion when things change all help decrease the anxiety.

Activities, even fun ones, can be scary. The youth are sure they will be inadequate in some way. It is so much better not to attempt something than to try and fail. Playing is hard when you constantly expect danger. Expect to have to coax youth to participate. Have many different ways to participate- if you don’t want to play softball (afraid you will do badly) you could be the scorekeeper. Celebrate baby steps.

Exercise to try:

Think of a time when a change was forced on you. It could be something like a change in your mailbox location or office, a new schedule, a change in supervisor.

How did you feel?

What helped you manage?

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