First, this workshop describes our university-community partnership and our common purpose of establishing a community-wide, cross-sector approach to addressing trauma (i) with a common language, experience, purpose, and vision of individual, family & community healing; (ii) where all children feel safe; (iii) that creates policies & practices supporting effective assessment & intervention; and (iv) operates from central guiding principles incorporating developmentally appropriate, strengths-based, culturally responsive approaches.
Next, an overview of the collective impact framework and consensus-building methodology is presented to illustrate our process for increasing readiness for long-term, sustainable, cross-sector community change regarding trauma, toxic stress and implementation of trauma-informed care. Then, workshop attendees will be invited to experience and apply the strategies and skills employed. Specifically, this portion of the workshop will be modeled after and parallel the facilitation methods of our summit, which was organized using collective impact and consensus building methods. Attendees will be invited to participate in small group discussions centering around building a trauma informed nation: 1) Common Understanding: What do you see as the individual, interpersonal and community level impact of trauma in the United States? What are some strengths and challenges in addressing trauma with knowledge, support and services? 2) Common Vision: After being guided through a visioning exercise, attendees will be asked to brainstorm on post it notes the steps they believe we need to take to move our nation from where it currently is to where we envision it to be. Using a technology of participation model, attendees will be asked to group responses into common themes. Based on these common themes, a list of goals will be generated. 3) Common Strategy: Using a world cafe model, attendees will be asked to identify steps needed to reach the goals generated from the previous session in the first round.
Lastly, panelists will discuss results and key themes from the evaluation as well as accomplishments, challenges, lessons learned. This workshop will conclude with an interactive discussion about implications and next steps for culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and community-centered social work research, practice and policy that works to end gender based, family and community violence.