Trauma-Responsive Schools Webinar #4: Trauma-Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment Tool (TRS-IA)

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The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools at the University of Southern California are collaborating to bring you a FREE, 6-part webinar series on Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools. Click here to learn more about the full series. 

About the Webinar:

This webinar describes the systematic development of a Trauma-Responsive School Framework co-developed by the National Center for School Mental Health and the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope and Wellness in Schools. The webinar provides an overview of how this framework was translated into an online assessment tool for schools and districts - The Trauma-Responsive School Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA). Presenters will demonstrate how to use the TRS-IA tool can be used to gauge a sites current level of trauma-responsiveness and how to use the tool’s feedback reports to help sites transform into trauma-responsive systems. Finally, presenters will review strategies for integrating the tool into strategic planning activities.


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Presenter Bios

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Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Field Education Department of the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a member of the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Schools. She is a trained School Social Worker who was affiliated with the Los Angeles Unified School District for about 10 years. Prof. Villaverde has expertise in trauma-informed intervention, disaster/crisis response and trauma-responsive program development. She has extensive background in collaboration and education systems change. Her expertise includes training and consultation with school districts in trauma-responsive transformation including program development, EBP training, and policy development. Prof. Villaverde collaborates with the California Department of Education and has partnered internationally with South Korea and the Republic of the Philippines. In addition, she uses the “Social Responses to the Human Impacts of Climate Change” Grand Challenge in her disaster response planning work in Asia. She is also the Teaching Institution (TI) Coordinator at the School of Social Work. As the Coordinator, she engages in different innovation to promote university-community partnership for quality MSW internship and for community capacity-building.


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Pamela Vona, MA, MPH, is currently the Program Manager for the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope and Wellness in Schools. Her interests include understanding how to support the implementation of trauma practices in the school setting. Specifically, her work has focused on how web-based platforms can support training in and implementation of evidence-based practices in schools. Ms. Vona served as a lead developer of the Trauma Responsive School Implementation Assessment—an online assessment designed to help schools improve their trauma-responsiveness.  She is also leading the development of the Trauma Informed Skills for Developers (TISE) curriculum designed to enhance educators’ trauma knowledge and skills. Ms. Vona serves on the School Committee Workgroup for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and previously was a member of the NCTSN Policy Task Force.

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April 20, 2020
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