RSSN – June 22, 2017 Trauma Informed Services and Community Building (TICB)

On June 22nd, 35 service providers joined us for an informative presentation and interactive discussion on Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) at The San Diego Foundation.

Steve Russell welcomed our members to the 4th workshop in the 2017 Resident Services Training Series. This series is designed to provide specialized and foundational training for professionals in the field of Resident Services within Affordable Housing.

Our first presenter, Barry Pollard, the founder of Urban Collaborative Project, introduced to our members trauma and resilience. He has helped educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals and community leaders understand trauma and how to identify signs of it in the residents and populations they serve. Staff learned how trauma affects daily interaction with community residents, and especially school aged children.

Next, Rafael Monroy, STEP Center Resident Services Coordinator at John Adams Manor/PJAM, shared evidence of incorporating trauma-informed principles as a TICB practitioner. Rafael shared his experience working in a challenging low income neighborhood with a history of violence, gangs and murders.

Our third presenter was Adrienne Markworth, Executive Director of Leah’s Pantry. Lean’s Pantry supports healthy, sustained behavior changes with innovate programs, builds a capacity of partner organizations, and develops cutting-edge tools that leverage technology and incorporate community perspective. For example on, members will be able to access 400+ recipes, meal plans, and direct education (self-pace online course in English and Spanish). She shared her own TICB experience and specific examples of incorporating trauma-informed principles into nutrition and food security work in poor, elderly and immigrant communities.

The Federation would like to give Adrienne a special thank you for incorporating her own practice and preparing healthy snacks in the morning for our members.

Soon after, the staff had time to break out into small groups and discussed how to overcome barriers to engagement, participation and program development that lead to successful outcomes. They discussed what they were currently doing to better their resident’s health and had time to write a new Plan of Action that would be implemented at their sites.

Staff gained knowledge of existing TICB support systems to help improve the daily outcomes of their roles in Community Building. At the end of the training, attendees had a better understanding of TICB and specific principles that help build residential communities.

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