Survey assesses trauma-informed care in Delaware County

Following a commitment to building a trauma-informed region through education, health and wellness training, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), the Delaware County Trauma Alliance (DTA) and Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education have partnered to launch a survey of Delaware County health and human service nonprofits to assess the level of trauma-informed services in the county.  

The assessment will allow UWGPSNJ to examine how trauma-informed practices are being applied throughout the county. Data from the survey will be used to provide a state of trauma-informed services in Delaware County, as well as to expand a resource guide trauma-informed of agencies for the nonprofit sector and general public. The research will be conducted by Stephen Kauffman, Ph.D.; Margo Campbell, Ph.D; and Eric Stein, DSW. Final results will be available in June 2018.

Trauma-informed care is rapidly becoming the standard model for the nonprofit service sector and involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma, including ACEs, on community members’ mental and physical health. Trauma-informed care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety and helps survivors of ACEs rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

The study will be distributed electronically through emails sent to agency and program directors throughout Delaware County, with data collection taking place from February through April. Agencies serving Delaware County should confirm they are on the distribution list by contacting Erin Connolly.