"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
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.
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."
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.
We Hope to Hear from YOU!
If you haven't joined the community yet, please do. If 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.
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