ERIC Number: EJ1109659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Trauma-Informed Day Services for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Exploring Staff Understanding and Perception within an Innovative Programme
Keesler, John M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v29 n5 p481-492 Sep 2016
Background: Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a systems-level philosophy of service delivery which integrates choice, collaboration, empowerment, safety and trust to create an organizational culture sensitive to trauma. This study explores staff understandings and perceptions within an innovative trauma-informed day program for individuals with Intellectual/developmental disabilities. Methods: Semi-structured interviews queried staff members (n = 20) regarding trauma and TIC, the integration of the five principles of TIC, associated challenges and recommendations for improvement. Results: Inductive analyses revealed reasonable understandings of trauma and TIC, highlighting factors critical to the five principles of TIC. Differences were associated with duration of employment and the presence of specialized training. Challenges with TIC emerged at different system levels: individuals, staff, management and interorganizational. Conclusions: This study presents preliminary insight for the innovative and formative process of integrating TIC with intellectual/developmental disabilities services.
Descriptors: Trauma, Day Programs, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Caregiver Attitudes, Innovation, Semi Structured Interviews, Organizational Culture, Employment, Specialization, Training, Integrated Services
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