Building agency capacity for trauma-informed evidence-based practice and field instruction

Virginia Strand, Marciana Popescu, Robert Abramovitz, Sean Richards

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Through this article the authors describe how schools of social work offering a child and adolescent trauma specialization actively partnered with their community-based field placement agencies to achieve a dual purpose: help agencies sustain the capacity for evidence-based trauma treatment (EBTT) and provide sufficient EBTT MSW student field placement sites that support preparation of trauma-informed practitioners by schools of social work. Development and description of the specific conceptual framework used to inform the trauma-informed organizational change initiative is described. Results of an Organizational Readiness assessment undertaken at six agencies reflect a strong alignment between implementation drivers identified in the literature (Fixsen, Blase, Naoom, & Wallace, 2009) and the conceptual framework. The manner in which these results are being used by schools of social work and their agency partners in sustaining the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatment is reviewed, and implications for future research, education, and practice is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-197
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Field instruction
  • Implementation science
  • Trauma


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