Fairfax County Trauma-Informed Community Network

The Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort to implement and support Trauma Informed Care initiatives across the Human Services System. It is an initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. Membership is open to anyone interested, and includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • County government staff
  • FCPS staff
  • Professionals from higher education
  • Non-profit partners
  • Private service providers

TICN Goals

  • Create a mechanism for collaboration, and the sharing of information and resources
  • Tell the story of Trauma Informed efforts across our community, increasing awareness and identifying areas that the group can collectively build upon

Get Involved

  • Attend a TICN meeting. All meetings are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairfax County Government Center (check the meeting schedule next to the front desk for the room number). 2017 meeting dates are as follows:
    • February 14
    • April 18
    • June 27
    • August 8
    • October 10
    • December 12
  • Contact us with questions or to be added to the membership roster and distribution list.

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  • Trauma Awareness Training: 90-minute training covering three key areas: 1) recognizing the signs of trauma; 2) understanding how the effects of trauma may influence the people you work with; and 3) knowing your role in working with people affected by trauma.
  • The Trauma-Informed Supervisor Training: This full-day training includes discussion of the various roles of a supervisor in human services (educating staff, managing staff and supporting staff); an overview of Reflective Supervision and the basic principles of relationship-based supervision models; discussion of Secondary Traumatic Stress and its potential impact on the workforce with a focus on creating a culture of self-care; discussion of how to build policies/procedures that include clear uniform responses and practices that are implemented when staff has been exposed to traumatic material (de-briefing, EAP referral, etc.); tips on how to help staff identify and appropriately address trauma in their clients (how to elicit the right information from clients, respond appropriately and connect them to resources); discussion of how to hire trauma-informed staff (position description pointers, suggested interview questions); a review of Core Competencies for trauma-informed practice discussion of how to evaluate staff competencies and support professional development; and tips on how to infuse trauma awareness into existing training and employee development strategies.
  • The Cost of Caring: This 6-hour training was created for human services staff who have previously attended basic trauma training and want to learn more about the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) on the workforce. Participants will learn the difference between stress, burnout, and STS; and will have opportunities to explore their own self-care, both in their personal lives and in the workplace. Participants will learn how to enhance their personal resiliency and move towards compassion satisfaction in their role as human services professionals.  

Trauma-Informed Spaces

The TICN has developed some resources for organizations to use to help make their spaces more trauma-informed. The Facility Review Checklist is a tool that you can use at your site to guide improvements. We would love to hear from you about your experiences using the checklist! If you are interested in having a team from the TICN come out to your site to complete a review of your space, please contact us.



Understanding Trauma in Children and Youth (Slides )

Understanding Trauma in Your Role as a Housing Locator ( Slides

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