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Sexual Assault - Enhancing Sexual Assault Services

Section Two: Understanding Trauma

1. While it is not possible to eliminate all environmental cues, it is important that sexual assault services programs create environments where survivors feel safe.

A. True

B. False


2. Vicarious trauma is the cumulative effect of witnessing the suffering of others over time and refers to the positive as well as the negative changes to an individual’s physical, psychological, and spiritual health.

A. True

B. False


Section Three: Defining Trauma-Informed Services

3. A trauma-informed organization and/or approach:

A. Is one in which all components have been reconsidered and evaluated in light of a basic understanding of the role violence plays in the lives of survivors.

B. Integrates an understanding of a survivor’s history and the entire context of their experience.

C. Both (A) and (B).

D. None of the above.


4. The survivor’s strengths are at the center of trauma-informed services, with which of the following being the core focus?

A. Resilience

B. Pathology

C. Problems

D. Symptoms


Section Four: Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Culture

5. The “do no harm” doctrine is part of which of the following core principles?

A. Trust

B. Safety

C. Empowerment

D. Choice


Section Five & Six: Spheres of Trauma-Informed Care & A Guide For Integrating Trauma-Informed Services

6. Which of the following approaches might be used to provide philosophical exploration and skill development for staff training on the impact of trauma and how to support healing?

A. Role-playing

B. Workshops

C. Shadowing experienced staff

D. All of the above


7. To be trauma-informed, programs can build an infrastructure for sustaining trauma awareness and growth in which of the following ways?

A. Create a trauma workgroup.

B. Incorporate trauma language.

C. Establish external networks of support.

D. All of the above.


8. It is important that an organization not only actively seeks survivors, but also maintains recruitment and screening processes that do not hinder or deter potential survivors from volunteering for an organization.

A. True

B. False


9. Since volunteers and interns are only with the organization for a short period of time, they should not receive the same training as staff.

A. True

B. False


10. If an organization is experiencing high turnover, it could be a warning sign of vicarious trauma.

A. True

B. False


11. All of the following are true with regard to supervision, except for:

A. Supervision is a way for staff to gain support, debrief about the work they do, and improve their skills, knowledge, and abilities.

B. For the agency, supervision serves as a tool for accountability, managing caseload, and attending to job performance.

C. Supervisors should provide counseling and support to the employees.

D. If an employee is sick often, monitoring sick leave might signal to the supervisor that perhaps the employee is suffering from stress-related illnesses and may need extra supervision and support.


12. Involving survivors in program development enhances the quality of the services provided and affirms the belief that survivors are the experts in what is best for them.

A. True

B. False


13. Organizational change:

A. Means a program is continually assessing the efficacy of the services it provides and the methods of service provision.

B. Requires program staff to think critically about their goals and objectives, have “big picture” conversations about mission and vision, and engage in evaluation to assess areas of strength and growth.

C. Programs prepare for the future through strategic planning, succession planning, and sustainability planning.

D. All of the above.


14. Trauma-informed programming involves each of the following, except:

A. Providing survivors with just the information they need to know at that time so they do not become overwhelmed.

B. Being aware of the impact of culture.

C. Demonstrating respectful interactions.

D. Maintaining consistency, predictability, and transparency.


15. Which of the following is an example of a change programs have identified as a reflection of becoming more trauma-informed?

A. Trauma-related language is used more frequently in general discussions, staff meetings, and supervision.

B. Staff is better able to recognize that the people they service have experienced trauma and are reacting in the present based on these past experiences.

C. Staff responds differently to survivors based on their knowledge of trauma by being more flexible, nonjudgemental, and patient.

D. All of the above.


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