Trauma Informed Care

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, traumatic experiences can be dehumanizing, shocking or terrifying, singular or multiple compounding events over time, and often include betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety. Trauma impacts one’s spirituality and relationships with self, others, communities and environment, often resulting in recurring feelings of shame, guilt, rage, isolation, and disconnection. Healing is possible. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.

The individuals on this list have completed the initial training towards the Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist certificate. A total of 164 participants completed the initial training sponsored by DBHDS in the summer of 2013. The certificate includes an additional year-long phone consultation, completion of three clinical cases utilizing TF-CBT and successful completion of an exam. For more information about the certificate and to find therapists who are TF-CBT certified, visit Please note that there is not a universal trauma certification for providers as of yet. The Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network is researching trauma certifications across the U.S. and plans to bring more training for mental health professionals to the Greater Richmond area. 

The Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) initiated in the fall of 2012 with seven professionals representing three different agencies who were all interested in enhancing the knowledge base for local professionals to learn more about trauma informed child welfare practices. This group extended invitations to several others and the TICN grew rapidly. The TICN was authorized by Dr. Lisa Conradi of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, to use their Trauma System Readiness Survey and supporting documents to aid in an organizational assessment for trauma informed care. In February 2013, the TICN initiated Trauma Informed Child Welfare (TICW) project proposals with two department of social services of major counties in the Greater Richmond area.

Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources Tool

The new free online tool, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources, created by the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and JBS International, Inc. aims to support state and local decision-makers, administrators, providers, parents, and youth and family advocates to become more trauma informed. The tool includes video interviews, issue briefs, key resources and links that will be updated monthly to keep up with new developments in the field.

Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources is now live and available at the following locations:

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.