Trauma Informed Care Curriculum

Trauma-informed care is a new window from which to view the world. Moving from the illness window (or perspective), to the trauma window (or perspective), is what we call a paradigm shift to trauma-informed care.

The Trauma Informed Care Curriculum was originally developed as part of a SAMHSA grant: A 2-day training event for mental health peers and staff to increase awareness about the effects of trauma.

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Bridging the gap between Mental Health and Trauma

The purpose of the Trauma Informed Care Curriculum (TICC) is to build knowledge and skills in the community, especially mental health workers and peers. Our goal is to help previously traumatized individuals feel safe, comforted and calm when seeking helpful services.

TICC training is designed for anyone looking to learn more about the principles of Trauma Informed Care and its importance in people’s everyday lives.

Helping Others Understand Trauma

A significant percentage of people receiving mental health services have also experienced trauma. TICC provides insight into the deep impact trauma has on a person’s mental well being.

Our goal is to change the thinking behind trauma from “what is wrong with you?” (which assumes you are broken or sick in some way) to “what happened to you?”. This fundamental shift in approach will help thousands of individuals feel heard and understood. More importantly, it will help them receive the care they need.

TIC Curriculum Quick Look:

Chapters Titles:

  • Tools for Transformation
  • Definitions of Trauma
  • Mental Illness, or Trauma – What’s in a Name?
  • The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study
  • The Impact of Trauma in our Lives
  • Leadership – Creating culture change
  • Breaking the Bonds
  • President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health – Goal 5
  • NASMHPD position Statement on Services and Supports to Trauma Survivors
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
  • Criteria for Building a Trauma-Informed Mental Health Service System
  • Trauma-Informed Care Assessment Scale
  • Does Trauma Matter? Starting a Conversation in an Organization

Key Excerpts:

“When we talk about trauma, we are talking about something that happens to the individual that overwhelms one’s sense of self, others and the world.”

“Trauma-informed care is a new window from which to view the world. Moving from the illness window – or perspective, to the trauma window – or perspective, is what we call a paradigm shift to trauma-informed care.”

“Recovery is often about finding new purpose and meaning in our lives despite events that have already taken place”

Core Principles:

Voice – I am the expert of my experience

Choice – rather than coercion

Trust – creates a sense of safety in relationships


For just the cost of the materials would be a flat fee. An entire training would incur the costs of materials / staff time / travel expenses.

This is a one time training conducted over the span on 2 days.

No prior certification is required to take this training.