Community Programs

Community Programs encompass all of SCAN’s prevention programs and initiatives at the community, state, and organizational level. These programs are focused on the primary and secondary prevention of child maltreatment through the advancement of protective factors and trauma-informed approaches in organizations, communities, and systems.

Our goal is to promote resilience and prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma on children, families, and communities. 

Trainings and Consultations:

Community Programs staff provide expert training and consultation to a wide variety of organizations; systems such as schools, healthcare, child welfare, behavioral health; and communities throughout the Greater Richmond region and across Virginia. Topics include prevention, trauma informed practice, professional wellness, and building resilience.

 

Special Campaigns, Events, and State-Level Prevention Work:

Community Programs staff lead organizational, regional, and statewide special events and prevention programming, such as Resilience Week; Black HIS-Story Week; and the Caregiver Advocacy Series. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month each April, SCAN develops a campaign and distributes resources and information connected to the annual prevention theme; works with the community to create Pinwheels for Prevention Gardens; and coordinates Prevent-a-thon, a week during which staff train as many people as possible in Stewards of Children at no cost.

The Director of Community Programs and several additional SCAN staff are active contributors to multiple state committees, including: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia Coalition, VDSS State Child Fatality Review Committee, Linking Systems of Care, VDH Injury Violence Prevention Steering Committee, Governor’s Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup, Campaign for Trauma-Informed Practice and Policy (CTIPP), Three Branch, FACT Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Committee (among others). 

The Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN):                                          

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The Greater Richmond TICN was formed in the fall of 2012 and is currently comprised of over 500 members from more than 160 different organizations. The GRTICN aims to build a more equitable, safe, trauma-informed, and resilient community by informing, supporting, and elevating the Greater Richmond (VA) region. GRTICN’s mission is driven by the following priorities: preventing and mitigating the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); advancing trauma-informed practice and policies; and advocating for trauma-informed system change.

Virginia Trauma-Informed Community Networks (VA TICNs):

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The Director of Community Programs serves as the state coordinator for the network of TICNs that exist across the state. This includes providing support, training and technical assistance to help communities develop and sustain trauma-informed community networks in their region. SCAN convenes and facilitates bi-monthly meetings of the VA TICNs and distributes a bi-weekly eNote.

 

Impact/Benefit

Community Programs (through the GRTICN, VA TICNs, FAM, training, and consultation efforts) empowers organizations, systems, and communities to shift perspective to a more trauma-informed lens that changes the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” By adopting a more trauma-informed approach, we are better able to identify signs of trauma, more appropriately respond, ultimately reduce and prevent incidents of re-traumatization, and incorporate strategies to build resilience. These are cost effective prevention strategies that build upon and enhance the existing capacity of caregivers and professionals within organizations, systems, and the community.

SCAN’s Community Programs trained 4,859 people last fiscal year on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect, trauma-informed practices and positive parenting. SCAN’s Community Programs has also screened Resilience for over 6,000 individuals. Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to prevent and treat toxic stress.

  

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The FAM Network is a group of family service providers from varied organizations that SCAN convenes with the goal of promoting professional development through learning new skills, encouraging networking among family serving agencies and other community organizations who provide goods and services to families, educating and supporting positive messaging to families and the distribution of resources, and providing an on-line resource for professionals and families. FAM’s website is a clearinghouse for parenting information for professionals and caregivers, a place for other organizations to list training and parent education opportunities and upcoming prevention oriented events, and a link to well-researched community resources for parents and professionals.