Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Jeff Cranmore

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Karen Maxwell

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Jackie Halstead


The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to understand the knowledge and utilization of trauma-informed care by professionals serving children within schools, social service agencies, or child therapy in a middle-sized Texas city. Previous studies acknowledged the prevalence of trauma and the need for systemic trauma-informed care in communities. The theoretical framework used to guide this study was attachment theory due to the emphasis on securely attached relationships, which is consistent with trauma-informed care. Data collection methods included an online open-ended questionnaire and semistructured personal interviews. Data analysis was completed using reflexive thematic analysis to develop themes from participant responses. Seven themes emerged from the data to address the three research questions, which sought to understand participants’ knowledge and utilization of trauma-informed care and perceived gaps in knowledge. The resulting themes addressed the need for more education about trauma’s impacts, practical strategies, and systemic trauma-informed care. I concluded that there is a community-wide need for more trauma and trauma-informed care training and education. Keywords: trauma, trauma-informed care, attachment, education, systemic, collaboration

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