SCAN helped begin the Trauma-Informed Community Network (TCIN) in 2012 to help organizations and professionals around the region who work with children to better understand and apply the latest research and best practices in trauma-informed care.

Since 2012, the TICN has gone from 7 founding members to 53 members as of August 2014. Membership includes experts from 37 local agencies who all provide services to children and families.  These members have diverse and varied backgrounds that help fuel rich discussions and great progress toward the ultimate goal of increasing the use of trauma-informed practice in the Richmond area.

“I am inspired by the energy that TICN members bring to the table each and every time we meet,” said Lisa Wright, SCAN’s Mental Health Coordinator. “We all have common goals of wanting families to receive the highest level of comprehensive trauma informed care.  It is this energy, expertise and drive of the group that has led to so much progress in one year.”

One of the many projects the group has taken on has been a video project with Georgetown University. TICN members were interviewed twice for the project that will feature more than 200 interviews from across the country. The video will be an educational tool to help “build state-by-state and provider capacity to serve children and youth who have experienced trauma.” It will be available this summer. You can watch a preview video of Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources” here.

In addition, the TICN worked with agencies in Chesterfield and Henrico to help establish Trauma System Response Tools and focus groups. The TICN also worked with Duke University and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to conduct trainings for Richmond area agencies, in collaboration with Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. TICN members developed a site on Yammer where TICN members can share a variety of information pertaining to Trauma-Informed Care. Members are able to post research, articles, training information and can communicate with each other on this site.

“The Yammer site has been such an amazing resource for open communication and storage of shared documents,” said Lisa.

TICN members have many other projects on their plates now and planned for the coming year. The members continue to bring Trauma-Informed Practice into their work, agencies and disciplines to benefit the children and families they serve.

We are grateful for everyone who takes the time to make our community a safer and healthier place for children who are faced with the realities and impacts of trauma.

Click here to learn more about the Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN).

Learn more about Trauma-Informed care here.


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