Trauma, trauma-informed care and the connection between traumatic exposure and mental health are hot topics. The growing discussions across the spectrum of research, clinical practice, community and service systems – mental health, education, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.—and increased awareness of the role trauma in peoples’ lives is creating a paradigm shift. Approaches for creating optimal conditions for mental health and well-being are emerging trends within communities.
As the promotion of trauma-informed programs and interventions expands, it is critical to learn how communities—often those experiencing higher rates of violence and associated trauma—understand the impact of trauma, the roles of resilience and community assets, and the development of community-driven and community-embraced programs and interventions.
This NNED virtual roundtable highlighted perspectives from diverse racial and ethnic community leaders to illustrate how trauma shows up in their communities and how culturally responsive, trauma-informed, holistic services and supports provide appropriate opportunities for healing and resilience.
Links to resource:
- Read the manual introducing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. The manual provides a definition of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, and offers 6 key principles and 10 implementation domains.
- Figure out what your Adverse Childhood Experience and Resilience Scores are with the questionnaires developed by the early childhood service providers, pediatricians, psychologists, and health advocates of Southern Kennebec Healthy Start.
- Read the full framework on Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma released by the Prevention Institution.
- Learn more about Trauma-Informed Community Building and Engagement from the Urban Institute.
- Access the full resource library on Community Violence, developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
- Learn more about Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities, by SAMHSA Spotlight Series which highlights different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities.
- Get to know The Love More Movement, founded by virtual roundtable panelist Dr. Bruce Purnell! Their Transformative Life Coaches provide Love-More Healing Circles: a creative, strength based approach to Trauma informed Care and Transformational Leadership. They identify and heal from trauma while creating a culture of Love, Hope, Resilience and Transformation within the family system. They start with trust building sessions facilitating open and honest communication with no judgement, barriers or filters and end with Love More Healing circles where they facilitate a journey to release pain, forgive and embrace positive energy and affirmations.
- Find out more about the Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Training Program, directed by virtual roundtable panelist Dr. Xiomara Owens at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium! The BHA Program is designed to promote behavioral health and wellness in Alaska Native individuals, families and communities through culturally relevant training and education for village-based counselors.
- Learn more about the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grants, funded by SAMHSA. During our NNED virtual roundtable, there were three ReCAST grantees represented, from Baton Rogue, Minneapolis, and San Antonio!
- Discover Common Justice, operating locally and nationally to develop and advance solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Rigorous and hopeful, they build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing, and justice for survivors and their communities.