component pg

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


component pg

What is Sequencing Family Trauma Treatment?
Sequencing family trauma treatment is planning of family trauma treatment that incorporates a hierarchy and ordering of goals driven by needs, strengths, and necessary supports and resources.

What is this component based on?
Family trauma clinicians use sequencing to efficiently and effectively address the complex impacts of traumatic exposures and contexts on family and individual functioning.  This is accomplished through shared decision making which prioritizes the goals of treatment while accounting for the preferred outcomes of the family.

Sequencing will improve your ability to:

  • • Develop partnership with the family to determine who is involved in decision making and what information is needed to support successful outcomes.
    • Exchange and synthesize information for decision making, including treatment options, risks/benefits and evidence of effectiveness, as well as outcomes monitoring.
    • Facilitate treatment planning process to determine the timeliness, relevancy and desirability of treatment options to maximize desired outcomes.

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

Tools for Sequencing:

  1. Prompts and links for Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths-Trauma (FANS-Trauma) (coming soon)
  2. FITT Decision Matrices
  3. NCTSN Learning Center webinar:  Complicating Complex Trauma: A Look at Families Who Experience Chronic Trauma (2009). NCTSN Complex Trauma Speaker's Series. Presenter:  Laurel Kiser, Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Click Here To review the Reference List


component pg

What is Tracing and Tracking?
Tracing and Tracking is an ongoing exchange of information among family and providers to assess the impact of the family’s trauma history and to monitor progress and outcomes in family trauma treatment.

What is this component based on?
Tracing and tracking help the clinician identify the impact of trauma on the family as a whole, on subsystems within the family and on each family member.   This enables the clinician and family to make informed decisions about which of these will be the focus of treatment, in what order, and through what interventions.   Ongoing collaboration and a step-wise series of assessments help the clinician collect information about strengths and needs while demonstrating respect for the family’s priorities and preferences.   Finally, actively monitoring progress provides opportunities for additional goal setting and fosters readiness to transition out of care.

Tracing and Tracking will improve your ability to:

  • • Formulate the clinical conceptualization of families with complex adaptations to trauma.
    • Consider the need to conduct family trauma assessments in a manner that honors the family as an expert participant in the process.
    • Plan and carry out a comprehensive family driven trauma assessment that accounts for the family’s strengths and needs.

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

Tools for Tracing and Tracking:

  1. Family Informed Trauma Interview
  2. Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths - Trauma (FANS Trauma)
  3. Fact Sheet for Clinicians: Assessment of Trauma in Families
  4. Tables of Measures with Recommendations
  5. National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center:  Family Systems Speaker Series.  Evaluating Families Impacted by Trauma.  Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C — FITT Center;
  6. Carla Stover, PhD — Yale University.

Click Here To Review The Reference List


component pg

What is Mapping Families’ Traumatic Context?
Mapping Families’ Traumatic Context is the practice of identifying the family’s history of trauma exposures and the environmental influences that impact their responses.

What is this component based on?
Clinicians working with families exposed to trauma and traumatic contexts should use an ecological approach to understanding the complex interplay of trauma-related distress and stress stemming from living in harsh circumstances.  Mapping helps the clinician and family recognize that the family’s context impacts the family’s responses, functioning and attempts to adapt to traumatic events and their circumstances.

Mapping will improve your ability to:

  • • Explore characteristics of trauma exposure (duration, intensity, proximity, chronicity).
  • • Identify ongoing safety concerns and stressors.
  • • Map out needed resources and supports to maximize trauma recovery.
  • • Highlight existing strengths within the family’s community.

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

Tools for Mapping:

  1. NCTSN Family Trauma Tipsheet for Providers
  2. NCTSN Trauma and Your Family Tipsheet
  3. Mapping Family Resilience Chart coming soon

Click Here To review the Reference List