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What is Setting the Stage?
Setting the Stage is the disciplined practice of ensuring that the necessary supports are in place to implement family trauma treatment.

What is this component based on?
The psychological effects of recent and historical trauma exposures inhibit families from seeking help and engaging in services and increase the risk of attrition from services. Further, families living in traumatic contexts experience concrete and cultural barriers to service use. For these reasons, families traumatized families need significant support to initiate and sustain changes.

Setting the Stage will improve your ability to:

  • • Use trauma informed approaches to build therapeutic alliance with the family and address barriers to engaging in treatment.
    • Engage families in all stages of treatment.
    • Assess and address readiness to change.

To learn more about clinical competencies related to Setting the Stage, go to:
FITT Clinician Knowledge Attitudes and Skills Self-Assessment

Tools for Setting the Stage:

  1. Family and Trauma Informed Engagement Summary
  2. Trauma Informed Engagement Strategies Hand Out
  3. National Child Traumatic Stress Network Family Systems Speaker Series: How to Include the Family-Effective Models. Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C — FITT Center; Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C — Kennedy Krieger Institute; Carryl Navalta, PhD — Harvard University; Mary McKay, PhD, LCSW — The Reach Institute; Michael Lindsey, PhD, MPH, MSW — University of Maryland School of Social Work & School of Medicine. NCTSN Learning Center:
  4. Parents/caregivers can be an invaluable part of the healing journey for children, by expressing confidence in their ability to heal, supporting progress and demonstrating their own capacity to come to terms with the child’s trauma experience.

    We created this guide to help providers talk with parents/caregivers about skills that are important for participating in trauma-focused therapy relationships with their children and families.

    This guide was developed by the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center at the University of Maryland and with support from the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

    To view and download the guide, click here.

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