having a display table for your services or agency;
nominating a speaker;
presenting a workshop.
Located in Santa Cruz, California, the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care is committed to helping trauma-exposed people achieve safety, connection and empowerment. It develops training and consultation to help agencies throughout California and the nation transform practice to work more effectively with clients by better understanding trauma and focusing on safety.
The California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care also works locally with people exposed to trauma by providing groups that specifically address the impact of trauma on the person.
What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Trauma-informed care is an approach or framework related to delivering services that acknowledges the impact of trauma and attempts to create a sense of safety within the program. Trauma-informed transformation is a cultural shift, a move toward safety-focused, strength-based, consumer-driven, empowerment-rich programming that allows consumers to take charge of their recovery, addresses unsafe behaviors and prioritizes safety as a platform for recovery.
Trauma-informed programs train and support staff to understand the effects of trauma broadly on the population being served and over the lifespan. They assess their program design and policies to ensure that safety is at the core and that potential for re-traumatization is reduced. They also approach critical incidents and problems from a trauma-informed perspective to see how to change approaches, such as rules or responses, to prevent escalation, drop-outs, removals, seclusion, restraint and other behaviors that traditionally have been understood as single problems in need of punishment or elimination. Trauma-informed programs value consumer input, participation, and inclusion in decision-making and staffing. Trauma-informed programs recognize that information and choice is the key to empowerment, rather than experts telling people what they should be doing and then deciding if people have passed or failed.
All publicly funded programs can be trauma-informed. This is especially true for social services, such as programs addressing mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, foster care, domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and criminal justice but also schools, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, environmental health and animal control. Where public money is spent, higher rates of trauma and trauma-related behaviors are more likely to compromise safety and behavioral change. Therefore, understanding the impact of trauma improves programming and services and makes them more cost-effective for tax-payers.
Trauma-specific services have the primary task of addressing the impact of trauma and to facilitate trauma recovery. Any agency can choose to become trauma-specific. However, if an agency is conducting trauma-specific interventions without assessing itself for trauma-informed practice, the likelihood of that intervention working is reduced considerably.
Our Mission Statement
To transform publicly funded programs and systems by strengthening their understanding of the broad effects of trauma and increasing safety in the behavior, lives, and communities of all Californians.
Our Vision for California and the Nation
The Center wants to create a safe California and nation through the development of its trauma certification process for agencies. Certification would promote uniform trauma-informed practices throughout California and the country, so that agencies may better and more safely serve their clients. Agencies in Santa Cruz, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Los Angeles —and in Utah and Nebraska — have been working with the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care toward a certification process that is realistic, humane, cost-effective, and efficacious.
Agencies interested in becoming a part of the certification development process are encouraged to email the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care at firstname.lastname@example.org