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What is Supporting Connections?
Supporting connections is linking families and providers with services, resources and support throughout the family’s sequenced trauma treatment.

What is this component based on?
Family resource loss within the context of traumatic events increases the negative impact of those events. To improve family trauma treatment outcomes, clinicians should acknowledge the environmental context in which families and providers operate and use an interconnected service delivery network to bolster resources.   Family advocacy tools and supports allow the family to create and carry out a plan for action regarding the need for additional resources and services.

Supporting Connections will improve your ability to:

  • • Successfully connect families to resources and interventions
    • Facilitate families’ identification and cultivation of strategies and community resources to attain goal
    • Empower families to address and confront barriers to their goals and create a plan for change or action to carry it out.

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

Tools for Supporting Connections:

  1. FITT Resource Map with (See FITT Model)
  2. 211 (sponsored by united Way, one-stop calling for all things)

Click Here To review the Reference List

A guide to forming advisory boards for family-serving organizations
committeeForming an advisory board can feel like adding yet another box to check in the path to getting something done. But a well-planned advisory board will make your work better, not harder, by providing broader perspective, ensuring you are empowering those you serve, and creating ambassadors for your work.

This tool is the first comprehensive guide to forming an advisory board with a trauma-informed approach for organizations that serve families. In clear language and achievable steps, it walks you through the process of forming a board and highlights the common decisions groups have to make while outlining the options at each juncture.

This practical and flexible tool will demystify the process and free you up to think about the bigger strategic decisions that will form the bedrock of your board. A well functioning advisory board can help you meaningfully infuse a trauma-informed approach at every level of your organization.

This tool was produced as a collaboration between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center at the University of Maryland, and the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota.

To download the guide, visit