Changing your organizational trauma lens through Creating PRESENCE
Clients who are exhibiting behaviors are often labeled or diagnosed without an understanding that many social disorders are a result of adversity and past traumatic events.
These symptoms can best be understood with a trauma lens that recognizes the complex impact of trauma and other forms of adversity on the brain.
Helping trauma-impacted children and adults is a difficult job that has secondary traumatic effects on staff which can lead to high staff turnover. A systematic trauma lens can help staff have greater confidence in their effectiveness with their clients and provides them with personal tools for self-care.
Organizations that care for trauma-impacted individuals are often overwhelmed, under-resourced, and extremely stressed. Like any other living organism, organizations need to preserve its own existence. That requires policies, practices, and internal processes that promote trauma-resilience and inspires the mission and vision of the organization.
Description of the
Creating PRESENCE is a new online organizational and clinical approach for creating trauma-informed, trauma-responsive and trauma-resilient organizations.
The PRESENCE Model provides everyone in an organization with some basic knowledge about trauma, adversity and stress and advances the emergence of trauma-informed values, knowledge, practice and skills.
It is cost-effective, it gives control of the process to your organization, and there is self-help available by trained PRESENCE coaches. The success will be determined by the extent of the organizational commitment and alignment.
PRESENCE is an acronym for linked guiding values that consistently undergird and inform practice:
Partnership and Power, Reverence and Restoration, Emotional Wisdom and Empathy, Safety and Social Responsibility, Embodiment and Enactment, Nature and Nurture, Culture and Complexity, Emergence and Evolution.
Each set of values is associated with a knowledge base and a set of universally applied tools that are designed in sequence to provide: brain regulation skills, communication tools, group engagement tools, and complexity management skills.
PRESENCE Implementation uses a hybrid approach, depending largely on distance learning and web-based consultation in order to make the adoption of this approach cost-effective. An Introductory Course will help get all staff on the same page.
Introduction to PRESENCE
This is the first video of a 5-part series. See parts 2-5 below.
Marymound – Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
Marymound provides care for children, youth and families who need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting. Through culturally diverse care in safe living environments, individual relationships, academic preparation, therapeutic intervention and advocacy, Marymound supports Manitoba children and their families to reach their fullest potential and independence.