What is the FITT Toolkit

ppt componentsThe FITT Toolkit is a web-based resource for trauma therapists interested in knowledge and tools needed to advance practice in family informed trauma assessment, treatment planning and intervention. It is designed to support trauma therapists’ efforts to:

  1. Recognize families’ needs and strengths in trauma recovery;
  2. Understand the complexity of family systems adaptation to traumatic contexts; and,
  3. Address families’ needs and link them to needed trauma resources.

Why is the FITT Toolkit needed?

The Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) toolkit was developed after results from a 2009 National Child Traumatic Stress Network Survey (NCTSN) indicated that over 88% of the respondents conducted family interventions, but few identified specific family level tools or interventions and most reported facing significant system barriers when intervening at the family level. To address this gap, the FITT Team collaborated with families, youth, advocates,community stakeholders as well as clinicians and experts throughout the NCTSN and in child and family service systems to develop and disseminate online products, trainings and webinars. The goal of the FITT Toolkit is to improve the quality of care affected by trauma by:

  1. Increasing awareness of the impact of trauma on family systems;
  2. Providing tools and resources to advance clinician attitudes, knowledge and skills in family informed trauma treatment practices;
  3. Increasing awareness of theoretically sound and evidence informed trauma interventions that address family systems impacts.

How do you use the FITT Toolkit?

The FITT Toolkit’s foundation is built on trauma and family-informed principles and the integral role of cultural considerations and developmental processes across the life span and family life cycle in trauma recovery. The toolkit is divided into:

• Concepts = Why?
• Components = What?

The Concept section of the toolkit strengthens the clinicians understanding of traumatic context, including theories and mechanisms impacting transmission of trauma effects and examples of how traumatic context impact families and the systems they encounter. The concept section of the toolkit offers important perspectives that help providers better understand trauma’s effectson help-seeking and participation in services, so that they are better prepared to support positive outcomes for families.

The Components and Tools section offers tools and resources that support providers’ capacity to help families facing significant environmental and psychological barriers to accessing, engaging in and benefiting from trauma focused services.

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Within each component the provider will find information and tools that will support them in adopting attitudes and skills needed for utilizing a “family lens” in trauma work. The core components of family and trauma informed interventions are:

• Promoting Professional Growth
• Setting the Stage
• Mapping Family’s Traumatic Context
• Tracing and Tracking the Family’s Response
• Sequencing Family Trauma Treatment
• Supporting Essential Connections