Successful Examples of Trauma Informed Care

Kitsap Strong  – Kitsap County, Washington – A community initiative to improve the health and well-being of all children, families and adults in Kitsap County. Their goal is to improve the well-being and educational attainment of Kitsap residents, through a focus on empowerment and equity, the prevention of ACEs and the building of resilience. They offer free, high quality education and training about neuroscience, epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resiliency. They have a focus on building resiliency through experiences and relationships.

Philadelphia ACE Project – Philadelphia – A network of more than 100 individuals from pediatrics, behavioral health, education, law, philanthropy, and others who are committed to building a resilient Philadelphia. They have the mission of educating the community about ACEs, trauma and resilience, understanding the practical interventions used in Philadelphia to address ACEs, prepare the community with information and skills needed to incorporate TIC into their work, and to use the Philadelphia Expanded ACE Data to support policies and practices.

The Children’s Resilience Initiative – Wala, Wala Washington– Suspensions decreased by 85% in one year at the “alternative” high school Lincoln High when its principal Jim Sporleder implemented trauma informed care. CRI’s goal is to raise awareness of ACEs and brain development, foster resilience, and embed those principles in the community. This community is featured in the acclaimed documentary “Paper Tigers”, contact CHI to find out when you can attend a viewing of this film!

Building Community Resilience – Cincinnati, Ohio – An initiative that works to unite the medical community with community organizations and agencies to combat ACEs. They have three priority areas: education and awareness, advocacy and policy develpoment, and activities and program development. They believe that “medicine should join our community organizatations and agencies and experts to work towards creating healthier families and children”.

Trauma Informed Oregon – Oregon – A statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults and families. They work in partnership to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental, and behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience. 

THRIVE – Maine – Provides trainings, technical assistance, and consultation to state and local organizations as well as to community members with the goal of creating trauma informed systems. 

The Sanctuary Institute – Yonkers, NY – Provides training and consultation services to the organizations that work with vulnerable adults, children and families with an aim to help an agency’s leaders reclaim a culture of hope and innovation. “A traumatic experience impacts the entire person – the way we think, the way we learn, the way we remember things, the way we feel about ourselves, the way we feel about other people, and the way we make sense of the world…”

Child Trauma Academy – Houston, TX – Works to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. They recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children.