With an initial grant from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation and Polk County Decategorization, supervisors in the Polk County Dept. of Human Services' Child Welfare Division went through a process of training and conversations with Chris Foreman at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress to identify the impact of secondary traumatic stress and intentionally build protective factors in the workplace. This training is now being expanded to supervisors throughout the Polk County DHS and Juvenile Court Services systems.
Iowa ACEs 360 shares this story about how supervisors in the Polk County Dept. of Human Services’ Child Welfare Division are addressing trauma in their workforce.