The twofold purposes of this evaluative policy analysis are to identify research-based trauma-informed practices and explore if and how trauma-informed practices are applied to four domains of college and campus life. The analysis will explore the institutional policies as they relate to traditional college-age students enrolled in Illinois public universities classified as Baccalaureate Selective: Master's Colleges & Universities, Larger Programs. The literature review will draw on current research on trauma-exposure such as Adverse Childhood Experiences, institutional and individual racism, and poverty and how these experiences may lead to misapplied survival skills in traditional-age college students. Additionally, the research will integrate the literature and research findings with current trauma-informed practices. The research questions used to guide this policy analysis include:
1. What is the evidence-based standard of trauma-informed practice as it applies to the four domains of college and campus life: campus academic, campus private, campus social, and campus public spaces?
2. How do the institutional policies of Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville reflect the evidence-based standard of trauma-informed practice?
To examine these research questions, tenets of trauma-informed practices defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, a leading expert on trauma and promising practices for treatment and services, will be used as the example of evidence-based promising practices. Key questions about ensuring physical and emotional safety, trustworthiness and transparency, empowerment, collaboration and mutuality, voice and choice, and language and cultural competencies within a university setting will be evaluated in consideration of the standard of trauma-informed practices in higher education. Using this standard, the institutional policies of three institutions will be evaluated and recommendations for integration of trauma-informed practices will be suggested.
|Advisor:||La Prad, James|
|Commitee:||Davis, Tracy, Hemingway, Jennifer, Barr, Denny, Saddler, Sterling|
|School:||Western Illinois University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Trauma in higher education, Trauma-aware, Trauma-exposure in college students, Trauma-informed, Trauma-responsive|
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