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
- 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
Attend a TICN meeting. All meetings are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Merrifield Center in Room 3-314 (unless otherwise indicated). Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
- December 3, 2019 (Fairfax County Government Center, Room 232)
- February 4, 2020
- April 7, 2020
- June 2, 2020
- August 4, 2020
- October 6, 2020
- December 1, 2020
Subscribe to the Trauma Informed Community Network e-mail list to receive periodic updates and announcements:
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Learn more about the history and accomplishments of the Trauma Informed Community Network and view our membership roster in the
- The TICN has a license to conduct screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. Contact us to learn how you can show this powerful 60 minute documentary to your staff or community group.
- The TICN also has a license to screen the 76 minute documentary Broken Places. Contact us if you are interested in arranging a showing of this popular film.
- 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.
- Secondary-Traumatic-Stress & Self-Care Basics Workshop: This 2 hour workshop introduces the concepts of Secondary-Traumatic-Stress and Compassion Fatigue, and engages the audience in discussion of self-care 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.
- Building Resilient Communities & Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: 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.
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.
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces: Information Sheet
- Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces: Facility Review Checklist
Understanding Trauma in Children and Youth (slides)
Understanding Trauma in Your Role as a Housing Locator (slides)