A guide to forming advisory boards for family-serving organizations

Forming an advisory board can feel like adding yet another box to check in the path to getting something done. But a well-planned advisory board will make your work better, not harder, by providing broader perspective, ensuring you are empowering those you serve, and creating ambassadors for your work.

This tool is the first comprehensive guide to forming an advisory board with a trauma-informed approach for organizations that serve families. In clear language and achievable steps, it walks you through the process of forming a board and highlights the common decisions groups have to make while outlining the options at each juncture.

This practical and flexible tool will demystify the process and free you up to think about the bigger strategic decisions that will form the bedrock of your board. A well functioning advisory board can help you meaningfully infuse a trauma-informed approach at every level of your organization.

This tool was produced as a collaboration between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center at the University of Maryland, and the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota.


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