Conversations with the Becoming Trauma-Informed & Beyond Community Managers & Invitation to You

 

"Over the last few years there has been a positive increase in the amount of awareness in our communities on understanding  the impact of trauma, ACES and resilience. Training has become more frequent and accessible, but I have noticed that many people are still stuck on what to do next. What do I do with all of this knowledge? How do I actually change my response? What does being trauma informed actually look like in practice?"  Melissa McGinn


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Our Becoming Trauma-Informed & Beyond Community is up and running. Our Community Managers each wrote introductory blog posts last week and answered the following questions:

  • What are you hoping to learn from this community?
  • How did you get involved in the trauma-informed community resilience building movement? 
  •  What are you passionate about this work? 

Excerpts, links to their blog posts, and an invitation for you to join this conversation are all below. 

Lisa Wright, Community Manager  

What are you hoping to learn from this community? I am always on the lookout for more resources and hope to learn more from professionals and agencies across the nation. I love to share resources and connect with other trauma champions.  I also hope to find answers to my initial questions about developing a proclamation about what it means to be a trauma-informed professional and trauma-informed organization. 

Join the Becoming Trauma-Informed & Beyond Community / Meet Lisa

Dawn Daum, Community Manager

How did you get involved in the trauma-informed/community resilience building movement? This all began for me about three years ago while creating a book for parenting survivors of childhood abuse. It was through the process of talking with other parent survivors, editing Parenting with PTSD, and educating myself on the effects of trauma on parenting that I found Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris’ TED tx. That was my first introduction to ACEs. It was also the first time I had ever heard the  phrase “trauma informed care.”

I became determined to learn everything I could about ACEs science and what it means to be trauma-informed. As Dr. Allison Jackson said at this year's ACEs Symposium in Albany, NY "I drank the Kool Aid."

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Melissa McGinn, Community Manager

Why are you passionate about this work? I am passionate about this work because it makes sense and is the right thing to do. As an educator in the field of social work, I am especially passionate about this topic for emerging social workers. Being trauma informed is not only understanding the impact and prevalence of ACES, but it is about being kind, understanding, patient, having empathy and compassion and recognizing the importance of community.  It’s about understanding your own “stuff” and working hard to take care of ourselves.  It absolutely aligns with our social work values and ethics, and should be embedded in all of our courses.  

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We Hope to Hear from YOU!
If you haven't joined the community yet, please doIf you have, please take a moment to leave a comment, introduce yourself or write a blog post answering the same questions. Or, ask the community some questions of your own.

Please let us know if you need information or assistance or have comments or suggestions.  

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Christine Cissy White posted:
Shenandoah Chefalo posted:

I'd love to chat. I spent several years asking this question and developed (about 2 years ago) a Trauma IMPLEMENTED training program. My goal was to translate the information on trauma into actual SKILLS that could be used by anyone (at any level or within any organization or on their own).  While I am sure there are other skills that could be learned, the program I am using seems to be working

 

 

Shendandoah: 

I'm a fan of your writing and would love to hear more about your Trauma IMPLEMENTED training program. Please share details, as a blog post, in our community. And please share where and how the skills are taught and used and were created. THANK YOU!
Cissy

Cissy

I'll work on a blog post that gives more information, but after understanding trauma and working with Criminal Defendants, I went back to school to get my coaching certificate. I then decided to apply a coaching model to the skills training. Briefly, I work with organizations either in a full day (or over the course of several years) to give them the following: 

Goals:

  1. Understand how the information from evidenced-based trauma/adversity research can be translated into skills used daily for better outcomes
  2. Practice and learn the Coaching Model of communication
  3. Understand how self-care is essential to implementing trauma-informed service
  4. Understand how team care is essential to implementing trauma-informed service

Format: lecture, discussion, small group activities, individual-reflective activities

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an overview of the evidenced-based trauma/adversity research
  • Participants will gain an overview of the concept of Resilience and how it forms
  • Participants will understand the Trauma Care Stages
  • Participants will learn the link between self-care and implementing trauma-informed service
  • Participants will learn how self-care is different than stress relief 
  • Participants will learn the importance of personal trauma awareness is and how personal trauma/adversity can impact clients
  • Participants will have an opportunity to begin creating self-care plans
  • Participants will gain an overview and have opportunities to practice the Coaching Model of service to create better outcomes for clients
  • Participants will understand why community care is important and how understanding trauma/adversity can serve to unite
  • Participants will understand how community care sustains the use of trauma-informed care in the community
 
Shenandoah Chefalo posted:

I'd love to chat. I spent several years asking this question and developed (about 2 years ago) a Trauma IMPLEMENTED training program. My goal was to translate the information on trauma into actual SKILLS that could be used by anyone (at any level or within any organization or on their own).  While I am sure there are other skills that could be learned, the program I am using seems to be working

 

 

Shendandoah: 

I'm a fan of your writing and would love to hear more about your Trauma IMPLEMENTED training program. Please share details, as a blog post, in our community. And please share where and how the skills are taught and used and were created. THANK YOU!
Cissy

Rachael McDougall posted:

Hello everyone

I am a clinical psychologist working in a medium security juvenile rehabilitation facility [adolescent males 15-21]. 

Washington State JRA is working toward making our entire enterprise trauma-informed as an organization - right now our first baby steps.]

I recently purchased Developing Trauma-Informed Organizations from the Institute for Health and Recovery.  My superintendent and I will be meeting tomorrow to talk about our first steps locally as one of the three residential facilities in the State of WA.

Looking forward to a trauma-informed 2018.

Rachael

Rachael:

Please post how the process is going  for Washington State JRA and, if you have time, share what you think of the Developing Trauma-Informed Organizations book! Cissy

I'd love to chat. I spent several years asking this question and developed (about 2 years ago) a Trauma IMPLEMENTED training program. My goal was to translate the information on trauma into actual SKILLS that could be used by anyone (at any level or within any organization or on their own).  While I am sure there are other skills that could be learned, the program I am using seems to be working

 

 

The magnitude of adverse childhood experiences and child maltreatment is staggering. One in eight children will be substantiated as abused or neglected by age 18 in the US. We are a non-profit organization committed to a data-driven, cross-sector and systemic strategy shown to prevent childhood adversity, trauma and maltreatment on the community level. We look forward to learning from you and sharing our resources. www.safetyandsuccess.org

Hello everyone

I am a clinical psychologist working in a medium security juvenile rehabilitation facility [adolescent males 15-21]. 

Washington State JRA is working toward making our entire enterprise trauma-informed as an organization - right now our first baby steps.]

I recently purchased Developing Trauma-Informed Organizations from the Institute for Health and Recovery.  My superintendent and I will be meeting tomorrow to talk about our first steps locally as one of the three residential facilities in the State of WA.

Looking forward to a trauma-informed 2018.

Rachael

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