Trauma Informed Community Networks

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About Trauma-Informed Community Networks

Throughout Virginia, there are more than 19 communities coming together across disciplines around trauma-informed care. Most often in Virginia, these groups form as trauma-informed community networks (TICNs). Every TICN looks different because they are built by the local community, however, in each of these communities, these networks share common characteristics:

  • Build a stronger, more resilient trauma-informed community
  • Increase awareness of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and identify areas that the group can collectively build upon
  • Develop a shared language about trauma and resilience
  • Help organizations to become trauma informed, conduct trainings, support, and implement new practices in schools, courts, and community services
  • Create a mechanism for collaboration, and the sharing of information and resources
  • And much more!

TICNs help to connect practice across disciplines and help to identify gaps and how policies can be implemented. Virginia’s community networks play a key role in advancing trauma-informed policy and promoting a statewide policy agenda. 

For more information about Virginia’s TICNs and the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia, visit the Voices for Virginia’s Children website at vakids.org.


About Resilience Alexandria: Inform. Support. Elevate.

Alexandria’s Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The City is bordered by the District of Columbia, Arlington and Fairfax counties. Established in July 2019, Alexandria’s TICN aims to build a more equitable, safe, trauma-informed and resilient Alexandria by informing, supporting and elevating our community. Hence its name, Resilience  Alexandria: Inform. Support. Elevate. (RAISE)

Common Vision

Alexandria’s TICN held its first meeting in July 2019. Within a few short months of its origin, RAISE members developed their mission statement and subcommittees to ensure a unified approach to building healthier and more resilient communities. The RAISE mission is to build a more trauma-informed and resilient Alexandria by informing, supporting and elevating our community. 

Priorities

RAISE members were asked to use their lived experience and expertise to identify sources of trauma that are specific to Alexandria. Based on those sources, four following priorities drive RAISE’s mission:

  1. Inform Alexandria’s community and various sectors about RAISE and its mission to build a more trauma-informed and resilient Alexandria;
  2. Support community members and professionals by delivering trainings focused on ACEs, trauma, and resilience, and
  3. Support organizations becoming trauma-informed by providing them with technical assistance in transforming their spaces, policies, and procedures; and finally
  4. Elevate our community’s needs and voice through advocacy at the micro and macro levels.

Committees

These priorities and RAISE’s current capacity resulted in the following committees which guide RAISE’s strategic direction:

  • Awareness/Communications Committee: Build community awareness of RAISE.
  • Training Committee: Deliver trainings focused on ACEs, trauma, and resilience.
  • Changing Environments Committee: Provide assessments and resources for organizations wanting to transform their spaces into trauma-informed environments.

Each of these subcommittees have developed their own action plans that will guide future work and evaluate progress.

Backbone Organization and Strong Leadership

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) within the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) serves as the TICN’s direct backbone organization. CCF is responsible for oversight of the City’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault programs including the City’s DV shelter. CCF is a recognized leader and resource in the City when it comes to the complexity of family, domestic and intimate partner violence.

CCF convenes RAISE partners on a monthly basis, fostering connections, and driving change in order to push and sustain large-scale collaborative efforts. Within DCHS, CCF provides the infrastructure through dedicated staff and ongoing engagement of partners to ensure that everyone remains connected to an overarching purpose, efforts are maximized, work and accomplishments are shared, and duplication of effort is avoided.


Mailing List, Meetings and Membership

Mailing List

To sign up to our mailing list to receive RAISE updates, fill out this short registration form.

Meetings

Resilience Alexandria meets on the last Thursday of every other month from 10:00-12:00 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Meetings are currently held virtually until further notice. Email chelsea.eickert@alexandriava.gov if you would like to receive calendar invites to meetings. All meetings are open for anyone to attend.

  • Upcoming Meetings in 2020: May 28, June 25, July 23 and August 27

Membership Packet

Learn more about Resilience Alexandria and view our membership roster in the New Member Packet and Orientation Guide.

What Can You Do As a Member?

  • Stay up to date on trainings, events and other information by joining the RAISE Mailing List (email Chelsea Eickert at chelsea.eickert@alexandriava.gov to join)
  • Attend network meetings to:
    • learn about trauma-informed initiatives across the county
    • share what is going on in your agency or organization related to trauma-informed care implementation
    • meet like-minded professionals and neighbors, and to identify resources to bring back to your agency or community
  • Engage with other network members, and learn about upcoming events
  • Attend RAISE trainings, and promote them to your colleagues and neighbors
  • Help set-up trainings and Resilience or Broken Places screenings for audiences within your sphere of influence
  • Develop a strategy to communicate within your own agency or organization about trauma-informed initiatives in the county
  • Bring printed materials to your agency, neighborhood (community centers, etc.), conferences and other settings where it makes sense to spread the word about trauma & resilience
  • As your role allows, advocate for trauma-informed policies at the agency, county, state and federal government levels (you will learn what those opportunities might be from attending network meetings and reading RAISE communications)
  • Advocate for trauma-informed policies, practices and procedures within your own personal and professional spaces
  • Serve on a RAISE Subcommittee to help network members:
    • Raise awareness of the trauma network and its trauma-informed and resilience building efforts (Awareness and Communications Committee)
    • Assist organizations create more trauma informed spaces, policies, and practices (Changing Environments Committee)
    • Deliver educational trainings in the community to raise awareness of the importance of ACEs and ways to build community resilience (Training Committee)
  • Chair one of RAISE’s Subcommittees
  • Become a RAISE trainer and facilitate Trauma 101 trainings, ACE Interface, Resilience discussions and more! 

Urgent Call to Action: COVID-19 Crisis

We need your help in flattening the mental health curve and promoting and wellness in our community as we face of COVID pandemic! You can help implement our Resilience Plan for Community Wellness by:

  • Connecting your social and professional networks with the mental health information resources that RAISE develops and disseminates.
  • Informing your social and professional networks in Alexandria about the COVID mental health support line and Parenting Support Line (703-324-7720) that anyone, no matter their immigration status, can call and receive help.
  • Becoming trained to operate a COVID mental health support line offering informational support and comfort to staff or resident callers
  • Working with our Communications Team to produce a podcast or short animated videos that inform Alexandrians about the ways they can seek mental health help
  • Using social media to promote mental health resources and Resilience Week Virginia
  • Researching reputable resources on how to identify child abuse and neglect virtually
  • Researching reputable resources on how to support student safety and prevent ACEs during the summer months


Resources

Coping with COVID Resources 

COVID Specific Resources from Fairfax TICN:

More Trauma-Informed Resources from Fairfax TICN


Trauma-Informed Resources

Race Based Trauma Resources and Support in Times of Civil Strife

  • Chronic stress can have negative side effects on everyone. Psycho-social factors, specifically, pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination, create an additional daily stressor for people of color. Research shows this to be particularly true for African-Americans (APA, 2016). Race Based Trauma Resources and Support in Times of Civil contains a continually growing list of resources for and information related to coping with racism and trauma on individual, interpersonal and family, community and national and global levels.

Equity and Diversity

Guides and Toolkits

Handouts

Research

Videos


Contact Information

RAISE Co-Corinators

Chelsea Eickert
Children & Youth Master Plan Coordinator 
Department of Community and Human Services
703.746.3142
Chelsea.Eickert@alexandriava.gov

Dr. Stacey Hardy-Chandler
Director of the Center for Children and Families
City of Alexandria, VA
Department of Community and Human Services
703.746.3352
Stacey.HardyChandler@AlexandriaVA.gov

Advocacy and Policy

Voices for Virginia's Children
vakids.org
 

Mary-Beth Testa
Northern Virginia Consultant
Voices for Virginia’s Children 
marybeth@mbstsolutions.com
   

Committee Chairs

Awareness and Communications Committee
Noraine Buttar
noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov

Training Committee 
Crystal Kominar: Crystal.Kominar@alexandriava.gov
Mary Taverner: mtaverner@cfnc-online.org

Changing Environments
Vacant

 

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