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Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy

The DSS Office of Trauma & Resilience Policy (OTRP) was established to make an official and ongoing commitment for the agency to become more trauma-informed, healing and resilience-centered.

OTRP Goals

Facilitate DSS Culture Change to More Fully Embody Trauma-Informed and Hope-Centered Policy and Practice

  1. Serve as a resource to state and local agency staff for technical assistance and advising related to the development and review of trauma-informed and healing and resilience-centered policy, practice, and training.
  2. Foster internal communication and collaboration about DSS's trauma-informed and resilience aligned efforts and initiatives.
  3. Develop and implement the Science of Hope framework at VDSS to facilitate culture change within the agency that more fully embodies inclusive, trauma-informed, and hope-centered practice and policy.
  4. Promote and implement trauma-informed and healing-centered programs and services that are responsive to workforce needs around vicarious trauma.

Promote Cross-Agency Collaboration Around Trauma, Healing, and Resilience in Policy and Practice

  1. Convene and facilitate Virginia's Trauma-Informed Leadership Team to provide ongoing opportunities for inter-agency and cross-systems communication and collaboration.
  2. Collaborate with state-level stakeholders in a Community of Practice that focuses on best practice strategies for centering the voices of those who have lived experience with challenges related to navigating diverse systems.
  3. Support other state agencies as they review and update policies and practices that impact the well-being of children, families, and individuals.
  4. Connect programs and initiatives across Virginia's state agencies that support and promote trauma-informed and healing-centered care.

Promote Healing and Resilience Across Systems that Serve Children, Families, and Individuals in Virginia

  1. Engage with local partners to develop and implement shared goals and objectives to become a more trauma-informed and healing-centered state.
  2. Provide resources, training, and technical assistance to local agencies and organizations to implement the Virginia HEALS Trauma-Informed Model of Service Delivery.
  3. Develop and facilitate training that supports the professional development of service providers working children, families, and individuals who have experienced trauma.
  4. Explore and pursue funding opportunities that support the adoption of trauma-informed and healing-centered policies, practices, and programs.

Vicarious Trauma in the Workforce Research

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