Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Practicum
Community Intervention (40 hours)
Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Field
A community intervention, covering 40 hours over a predetermined period, focuses on people’s behaviours and how changes in the environment can support those behaviours, from a model of trauma informed practice:
- working with an agency towards a change in policy
- a trauma informed school environment or a treatment center
- a certain practice that the community hopes to implement
- a community based research project
- an intervention that helps the community to start a healing process in breaking the silence around sexual violence and / or creating a safety network for victims and their families.
Trauma informed practice
Trauma-informed services recognize that the core of any service is genuine, authentic and compassionate relationships. Trauma-informed systems and organizations provide for everyone within that system or organization by having a basic understanding of the psychological, neurological, biological, social and spiritual impact that trauma and violence can have on individuals seeking support.
At its core, the trauma-informed model replaces the labelling of clients or patients as being ‘sick,’ ‘resistant’ or ‘uncooperative’ with that of being affected by an ‘injury’. Viewing trauma as an injury shifts the conversation from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” (Trauma-informed: The Trauma Toolkit, Klinic Community Health Centre, Second Edition, 2013).
The community intervention will require that you reflect on the following as you plan, develop and implement the intervention with the guidance of your mentor.
- What components and elements will be implemented?
- Who should implement what by when?
- What resources and support are needed? What resources are available?
- What potential barriers or resistance are expected? How will they be minimized?
- What individuals or organizations need to be informed? What do you need to tell them?
There are six classes of components to consider when preparing for the community intervention. What components will this intervention be addressing?:
- Providing information and skills training
- Providing a healing process for emotional release
- Enhancing support and resources
- Community-based research
- Policy enhancement and or development
- Monitoring and giving feedback
The mentor, an established trauma informed practitioner, will encourage and support you to make the most of yourself and to integrate your professional identity as a future trauma-informed practitioner.
A mentor is your trusted confidante, providing consistent support, guidance and practical help, guiding you to identify the support you need, to consider your options and to gain new information.
This one-to-one relationship is a two-way process in which the supervisor will share their personal skills, knowledge and experience with you to enable you to explore your personal and professional situation. Together you will work to achieve predetermined goals and objectives. In this way, you are enabled to gain the skill, knowledge and confidence to develop your social work /trauma informed practice at a higher level and of receiving impartial, non-judgmental guidance and support.
The key to success for you in the intervention process is to be authentic. You chose what comes out of the mentorship. The more you can observe and integrate the knowledge and practical skills from the supervisor, the greater the success of the process. It is critical for you to be able to put forth the following skills throughout the course of the intervention:
- Listening in order to understand
- Questioning to clarify and make sure they have understood correctly
- Questioning to explore additional options and consequences
- Be prepared to act on what has been agreed with your mentor
- Daring to push self through to another level of awareness and understanding of self
You are responsible to develop the following goals and share and discuss them with your student. This will keep the mentorship process on the path you seek.
- Get to know the community, agency or project before attending the 40 hours
- Identify where you need support
- Set goals you can work towards
- Gauge how you are doing
- Keep an eye on your goals
- Honour your success
Expectations of both supervisor and you, the student
You both will be expected to complete and submit to the Practicum Office the community intervention evaluation.
You must have completed the first intensive week of the field, and either possess a BSW, or have completed the first year of the two-year program. The ITR Practicum Coordinator will post details of community interventions when they become available. You are responsible for costs of accommodation and transportation.
Updated July 2017