OFA Webinar: Trauma-Informed TANF Programs: Moving from Awareness to Transformation

Experiences of trauma can have significant short and long-term effects on individual functioning and family well-being. Many human services agencies have begun to recognize the profound implications this issue has on how agency staff interact with their customers, and how staff themselves are impacted. In response, some agencies have provided training and support to staff to help them become more trauma informed, as well as given self-care tips and assistance to human services professionals to combat compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. The Office of Family Assistance hosted a free PeerTA webinar on September 30, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET geared toward State and Tribal TANF administrators, supervisors, and staff.

The webinar helped TANF sites interested, committed, or even just curious about how to move from trauma awareness to practice transformation using evidence-informed strategies. Webinar speakers reviewed the foundations of the trauma-informed paradigm and what it means in the TANF context, and discuss key considerations in moving TANF programs from trauma-informed awareness to evidence-informed practice transformation, including what factors to consider when evaluating changes to policy, practice, and the physical human services environments. Participants also heard first-hand from the Vermont Department for Children and Families on their experiences developing their Trauma-Informed Evaluative Toolkit for TANF with OFA PeerTA support and their plans to implement it.

Speakers include:

• Mandy Davis, PhD, LCSW, Director, Trauma-Informed Oregon

• Nicole Dubuque, Vermont Reach Up Program Manager, Economic Services Division – Vermont Department for Children and Families

• Dr. Andrea Hetling, Professor – the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Record Type: 
Webinar / Webcast
Publication Date: 
September, 2020
September 30, 2020
Webinar Date: 
September 30, 2020
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Welfare
  • Special Populations
  • TANF Program Administration
  • Tribal TANF
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