uses $50,000 grant for trauma training post-Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey made landfall last year with unrelenting rain, causing
devastating and widespread flooding, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas
was put to the test.
floodwaters from the late August 2017 storm forced the evacuation of Devereux’s
Victoria and League City campuses near Houston that serve the needs of more
than 200 children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and
cognitive differences. For those individuals – and the more than 125 staff
members who care for them every day – this was an experience unlike any other. Click here
to learn more about how the Hurricane impacted Devereux Texas.
the storm, Devereux Texas applied for – and was awarded – a $50,000 grant from
Center for Child and Family Studies, in partnership with the Rebuild Texas Fund,
which offers funding to organizations working in communities affected by
Hurricane Harvey. The purpose of the grant was to provide advanced-level trauma
children and adolescents in our care were all affected by the hurricane, as
were our staff members – many of whom lost their homes,” said Devereux Texas
Director of Clinical Services Dr. Belgin
Tunali. “We wanted to deepen our ability to meet the needs of a traumatized
population by training our clinicians, direct care professionals and special
education teachers on advanced levels of trauma support.”
Focusing funds on advanced
receiving the grant earlier this year, 13 clinicians at Devereux Texas’ League
City campus and three at the Victoria campus have completed trauma training to
become Certified Clinical Trauma Professionals, enhancing their knowledge of
trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss.
the hurricane, our main concern was being able to continue to provide
exceptional services to our individuals, many of whom already suffer from
severe trauma,” said Devereux Texas Executive Director Pam Reed. “By taking this next step in trauma training, we’ve increased
our ability to provide compassionate, evidence-based treatment for the most
vulnerable children and adolescents in our care.”
certifying most of its clinicians, Devereux Texas turned its attention in
September to providing additional trauma training to approximately 150 direct
care staff members and 25 supervisors at its League City campus. The training included
teaching self-care practices.
can’t stress enough the importance of self-care for a healthy mind, body and
soul,” Dr. Tunali explained. “Before staff members – especially those on the
front lines – can effectively take care of the individuals they serve every day,
they need to take care of themselves.”
Keeping skills fresh
Texas plans to use the remaining grant funds to create a library for
clinicians, nurses and teachers with additional training materials, including videos
and best-practice tips for trauma-informed care.
courses also will be offered, to ensure the learned skills are practiced and
demonstrated accurately and effectively – with every interaction.
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