This virtual, free community-wide event will focus on the pillars of Equity and Resilience with three workshop tracks: Racial and Social Justice, Navigating Environments, and Wellness. Register online by May 14.
RAISE will participate in the 2nd annual state-wide collaboration between Virginia's Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs) to bring RESILIENCE building activities and events to ALL Virginians. View more events here. #ResilienceWeekVA
Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RAISE developed and implemented this Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan. The Plan recommends mental health strategies that support all of Alexandria's workforce, parents, youth, and residents throughout and after the pandemic. Read the Plan. See what RAISE was able to accomplish.
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. 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)
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.
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:
- Inform Alexandria’s community and various sectors about RAISE and its mission to build a more trauma-informed and resilient Alexandria;
- Support community members and professionals by delivering trainings focused on ACEs, trauma, and resilience, and
- Support organizations becoming trauma-informed by providing them with technical assistance in transforming their spaces, policies, and procedures; and finally
- Elevate our community’s needs and voice through advocacy at the micro and macro levels.
These priorities and RAISE’s current capacity resulted in the following committees which guide RAISE’s strategic direction:
- Member Engagement and Wellness Committee: Supports
existing efforts that aim to promote community wellness and resiliency among RAISE
members and the greater community.
- Changing Environments and Cultures Committee: Helps teams and organizations create a trauma-informed culture by providing them with technical
assistance in transforming their spaces, policies, and procedures.
- Justice Advocacy Committee: Supports community members and professionals by delivering trainings focused on ACEs, trauma, and resilience, and elevates our community’s voices by advocating for justice and advancing policies that dismantle systems that perpetuate racial trauma and inequity
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 convenes RAISE partners on a monthly basis, fostering connections, and driving change in order to push and sustain large-scale collaborative efforts. 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
To sign up to our mailing list to receive RAISE updates, fill out this short registration form.
RAISE meets on the 4th Thursday of every month from 10:00-12:00 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Meetings are currently held virtually until further notice. Email RAISE@alexandriava.gov if you would like to receive calendar invites to meetings. All meetings are open for anyone to attend.
- Upcoming Meetings in 2021: October 28
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 RAISE@alexandriava.gov to join)
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
- Chair one of RAISE’s Subcommittees
- Become a RAISE trainer and facilitate Trauma 101 trainings, ACE Interface, Resilience discussions and more!
On July 23, 2020, Resilience Alexandria: Inform Support Elevate (RAISE), Alexandria’s Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN), celebrated its first birthday. Members came together virtually to “open presents” including video messages from Mayor Justin Wilson, Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Councilman Mohamed “Mo” Seifeldein and Department of Community and Human Services Director, Kate Garvey and to celebrate RAISE’s accomplishments. RAISE ended the celebratory meeting by asking members to light a candle and a make a wish for RAISE as they blew it out.
Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RAISE developed and implemented this Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan. The Plan recommends mental health strategies that support all of Alexandria's workforce, parents, youth, and residents throughout and after the pandemic. Read the Plan.
- Overview of the Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan (Power Point)
- Community Mental Health and Resilience Plan (One Pager)
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.
- Using social media to promote mental health resources and Resilience Week Virginia
RAISE has a license to conduct screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. Several times a year, RAISE has a public screening of the film and uses it to start a conversation in our community about prevention. Check back here for upcoming screening dates.
Contact us to learn how you can show this powerful 60 minute documentary to your staff or community group.
- Resiliency Resource Toolkit for Trauma-Informed Supervision: Supervision is an important element of creating and fostering a trauma-informed workplace. While
many employees continue to work from home, some are returning to work sites and offices.
Supervisors and staff may be experiencing feelings of concern and uncertainty regarding the
impact returning to a work site may have on themselves and their families. They may experience
doubt, anxiety, stress, fear, and depression, and may even be experiencing grief or a sense of loss
for the way of life before the pandemic. This workshop equips participants with a toolkit that has
been designed to help supervisors and their staff understand the mental health impact of COVID19 and challenges associated with returning to the workplace. Request a Training.
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Self-Healing Communities: The ACE Interface curriculum, offered with support from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, covers neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs and resilience in a flexible format that offers a variety of options in terms of presentation length and style. Follow this link to learn more. Request a Training.
Coping with COVID Resources
- COVID-19 Wellness Guide
- A Guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Resiliency Resources For Supervisors
- A toolkit designed to help supervisors and their staff understand the mental health impact of COVID-19 and challenges associated with returning to the workplace.
COVID Specific Resources from Fairfax TICN:
- Trauma Informed Supervision During COVID-19, April 7, 2020
- Navigating Telework, April 2, 2020
- TICN March Message, March 31, 2020
- Self Care, March 19, 2020
- COVID-19 Special Edition, March 16, 2020
More Trauma-Informed Resources from Fairfax TICN
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces: Information Sheet
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces: Facility Review Checklist
- 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
- 2020 Advocacy Opportunities!
- Health, Racial Equity, and Trauma-Informed Care from Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Guides and Toolkits
- Fostering Resilience and Recovery: A Change Package by National Council for Behavioral Health
- Roadmap to Trauma-Informed Care by Trauma-Informed Oregon
- Helping Traumatized Children Learn and Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools from the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law
- Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation from the Center for Health Care Strategies
- NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Toolkit
- SAMHSA Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma Informed Approach
- Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
- Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit from the National Center on Family Homelessness
- ACEs Questionnaire: Finding Your ACE Score
- Mini Mandalas
- Stress & Early Brain Growth: Understanding ACEs 1
- Stress & Early Brain Growth: Understanding ACEs 2
- Trauma and Resilience Tree
- Raise Your Voice to Help Neighbors at Risk of Abuse : How to recognize signs of abuse in children and adults. View or download the flyer in English, Spanish, Amharic or Arabic and share with your network.
- ACE Study
- ADHD and Child Traumatic Stress
- Collective Impact
- Effects of Trauma on Health Fact Sheet
- Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice
- Beyond the Cliff (Trauma Exposure on Professionals)
- Connecting the Dots between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis
- Dr. Dan Siegel’s Hand Model of the Brain
- Every Opportunity
- Healing Neen
- Why Mindfulness is a Superpower
RAISE Email: RAISE@alexandriava.gov
Children & Youth Community Plan Coordinator
Department of Community and Human Services
Dr. Stacey Hardy-Chandler
Director of the Center for Children and Families
City of Alexandria, VA
Department of Community and Human Services
Advocacy and Policy
Chloe Edwards, Policy Analyst, Voices for Virginia’s Children
Member Engagement and Wellness Committee
Noraine Buttar and Emma Driscoll
Changing Environments and Cultures Committee