As service providers, asking “What happened” instead of “What’s wrong” makes us better helpers. Developing providers who are working to decrease the impact and prevalence of trauma and stress in our community is a critical component of Alive and Well STL.
Become a Trauma-Informed Organization
What is a trauma-informed organization? According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
“A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved with the system;
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices;
- And seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”
Becoming a trauma-informed organization is a long-term commitment and culture shift. If your organization is interested in beginning this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a Training
Alive and Well STL supports trauma-related trainings about the impact and prevalence of trauma in an effort to encourage organizations to adopt trauma-informed practices. Please contact Alive and Well STL (email@example.com) if your organization is interested in one of our trainings or click here to learn about upcoming trainings that individuals from your organization can attend.
Resources for Providers
- Organizational Assessment Tool
- 2015 Policy Guidance on Screening for Trauma – Developed by the Missouri Trauma Roundtable through the Department of Mental Health
- SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
- SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
- ACEs Connection Network
- Toxic Stress, Behavioral Health, and the Next Major Era in Public Health
- Dr. Robert Block–Everyone Was Once A Child
- Dr. Dave Schneider – The ACE Study