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“I appreciated how comprehensive the Trauma-Informed Systems training was. The trainers had ‘in the trenches’ experience that made the theory come alive, and the materials helped make connections between the effects of trauma and the practices and processes within our agency. I find myself referring back to the TIS training materials in my own work with clients and in our staff development.”

Wanda Pumphrey, LSCSW, domestic violence counselor


Trauma-Informed Systems of Care Resources

These resources are available to anyone looking for additional information about Trauma-Informed Care.

PDFPeer Support, What Makes it Unique?

PDFTrauma-Informed Peer Support

PDFTrauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

PowerpointTrauma-Informed Care and Peer Support

powerpointAnna's Story - The ACE Study and Public Health Implications

PDFCreating Violence Free and Coercion Free Mental Health Treatment Environments

PDFThe Case for Organizational Culture Change

  PNGImage CCSR Trauma-Informed Care Brochure

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Joyce McEwen Crane, PhD
(316) 978-6746
800-445-0116 (toll-free in Kansas)

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Trauma-Specific Peer Support and Self-Help Models

The Essence of Being Real:  Relational Peer Support for Men and Women
This is a manualized approach to creating, facilitating, and maintaining a peer support program for people who have experienced traumatic events. It has also been successfully used by service providers who work with trauma survivors, for peer to peer support among helpers.  It provides the framework, methods, and techniques to facilitate the development of successful peer support and examine some of the obstacles likely to be encountered.  The program stands on its own, but uses many of the concepts and the RICH® relationships guidelines drawn from Risking Connection®, making it an ideal companion piece for systems using RC.

Growing Beyond Survival:  A Self Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress
This approach teaches skills that empower survivors to take control of and de-escalate their most distressing trauma-related symptoms.  The model was originally designed for therapist-run symptom management therapy groups.

This workbook version, developed by Sidran Institute, can also be used effectively by survivors for managing trauma symptoms between therapy sessions and for individual survivor self-help.  It teaches trauma survivors to recognize, contextualize, and understand distressing dissociative and posttraumatic reactions.  It also creates a structure in which to learn and practice skills for self-regulation of the troublesome thoughts, feelings, and impulses related to traumatic experiences.

Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women’s Workbook
Created by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.A., M.S., and Maxine Harris, Ph.D., this workbook can be used by a woman on her own, or with a therapist or supportive friend.  The manual assists women recovering from the effects of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.  It is divided into four parts: Empowerment, Trauma Recovery, Creating Life Changes, and Closing Rituals.  Each part has a number of topics to work on, helps women develop individual goals for the recovery work, and addresses self-care while doing recovery work. 

Restoring Hope and Trust: An Illustrated Guide to Mastering Trauma
A ten-session model for conducting psychoeducational groups on trauma developed at the Menninger Clinic for use in treatment with a wide range of clients and their loved ones. This short, educational curriculum captures the material from Jon Allen’s Coping with Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding that is most important in understanding and learning to master the impact of trauma.

It targets three audiences: people struggling to contain and master the spillover of past trauma into their current lives; those who love them and want to have a better idea of how to be helpful; and professionals who would like to conduct psychoeducational trauma groups in their home communities.

Well Recovery Groups
WELL recovery is a manualized approach intended for consumers who wish to establish peer-run mutual help groups specifically for women in recovery from substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma. The groups are run on the principle that a person’s addiction, mental illness, and trauma need to be discussed together, for each plays off the other. 

 A Woman’s Addiction Workbook
This self-help book offers a step-by-step program to help women work on recovery from alcohol and drugs. It also addresses key issues that women face in relation to addiction, such as body image, trauma and violence, relationships, stress, and thrill-seeking. It explores how women differ from men in their addiction and recovery, and conveys a supportive tone for the journey to healing.