Whether an organization is just getting started in change or been working at it for a long time, it can be overwhelming to see all the different terms associated with the work. Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Responsive, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience, and Healthy Development frameworks can all be applied. Seeing and hearing all these terms can be confusing. What steps do we take? What framework is the right one to follow?
It took becoming a mom and settling into my own restless soul before I really started to see how and in what ways I could “not be like them.” Yes, throwing graduation caps in the air and building a career around using my empathy to my advantage was a part of that for me, but it’s been moments in which I am triggered as a parent and can acknowledge it, and use it that I can literally feel the breaks in the cycle. Triggers now liberate me, not trap me.
The next generation is less likely to wear predisposed shackles of trauma because as trauma-informed parents, we are re-wiring the traumatically stressed DNA that was passed down to us. Radical transformation is taking place because, using education and awareness, a generation of survivors have learned how to radically love themselves.
We are standing up, speaking out, reaching out, and lifting our children out of the generational dysfunctions that previously we felt powerless to do. The rise of the trauma-informed parent is empowering the systems that foster our recovery to re-think recovery as usual.
Welcome to the New York State Trauma-Informed Network! Our goal is to help individuals, caregivers, professionals and organizations connect with one another to help enhance trauma-responsive practice change throughout New York. This site will be dedicated to sharing quality resources, promoting events/training opportunities, and providing access to champions throughout the state engaged in these efforts. Here is a brief orientation to help you get started.