This month we are featuring long-term agency member, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home (DCCH) Center for Children & Families, who joined TTN when they enrolled in our 2017-2018 year-long Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community, held in partnership with The National Council for Mental Well-being (formerly the National Council for Behavioral Health).
DCCH Center for Children & Families is a multi-faceted agency providing Residential Treatment for boys and girls, ages six to 14, many of whom have experienced significant abuse and neglect. We also provide Therapeutic Foster Care & Adoption services, an Independent Living Program for young adults aging out of the foster system, Outpatient Therapy that’s open to the community, and Targeted Case Management to keep families together and connected to community resources they need to thrive.
What is your organization doing to support or advance trauma-informed care in our community?
• During interviewing, we ask whether they have had a training in trauma-informed care.
• We list on our job descriptions the expectation that the employee supports trauma-informed
care principles/initiatives in the agency.
• During orientation all staff are trained in trauma-informed care.
• Staff are required to attend two trauma-informed care trainings a year.
• We strongly encourage staff to develop a self-care plan, we provide trainings, support, and an
EAP option to help staff with self-care.
• We do weekly education tips with all staff on trauma-informed care.
• We do announcements during the workday to encourage staff to take some self-care time.
• We work to avoid doing things to increase client’s risk of re-traumatization.
• We work to create a safe environment for clients and staff.
• We support clients having control, choice, and autonomy in their treatment.
• We strive to be strengths-based in our approach.
• We promote trauma awareness and understanding with staff and trauma screenings with
• We emphasize building relationships and being nonjudgmental and empathic in all relationships.
To learn more about DCCH Center’s programs, visit www.DCCHCenter.org or call (859) 331-2040.
Thank you, DCCH, for being a place that cares so much about children, families, and the Northern Kentucky community! We appreciate you!
Wishing everyone reading this a day filled with Hope!
Melissa Adamchik, MA, LPP
Executive Director, Tristate Trauma Network