4. Collaborative relationships with community partners
We believe that providers need to work together to help coordinate all resources clients are receiving, in order to reduce duplication of services and the likelihood of confusing or overwhelming families, and to promote consistency of strategies and positive communication among all parties. Some of our many community partners include the Department of Children and Families, Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI), Lahey Behavioral Health, New England Center for Mental Health, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Public Schools Coalition, and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance-Mental Health Task Force.
5. Consultation and training to empower other professionals
MVTS provides trauma-informed consultation and training to other clinicians, case managers, administrators, medical staff, daycare providers, educators and school professionals, family child care providers, and after school programs. One of our most important training initiatives is the prevention of vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma is a term used to describe the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, interpersonal, physical, and spiritual impact on providers who work with people who have experienced trauma. MVTS also developed a support group curriculum for providers, called “The Healing Circle,” which utilizes trauma-focused education and treatment strategies to help participants learn to recognize the signs of, treat, and prevent vicarious trauma in themselves and their staff.