Trauma-informed organizations: Moving from theory to practice

As communities continue to experience traumatic events related to violence, adverse childhood experiences, health and mental health disparities, climate change, systemic racism and historical trauma, the time for human service agencies and organizations to become more culturally responsive and trauma Informed is now.

This workshop is designed to enhance knowledge capacity of Trauma Informed Care (TIC), organizational self-assessment and application for TIC at the agency/organizational level.

Participants will revisit the core principles of TIC and systems change, and the implications to development at multiple levels including agency/organization, staff and leadership will be highlighted. Through the use of large and small group discussion based on case studies that feature participants’ settings and/or primary communities served, the relevant components of the Missouri Model will be applied.

The Missouri Model, similar to other models of TIC at the organizational level, focuses on the importance of process to outcomes, and uniquely describes a continuum of TIC ranging from trauma aware, sensitive, responsive and informed. Through the use of a practical organizational self-assessment tool, participants will be able to identify strengths and areas of growth across organizational domains, while engaging in shared learning to develop measurable action steps individually and collectively, that supports TIC systems change at the agency/organizational level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Trauma Informed Care and Systems Principles in relation to agency/organizational change.
  • Identify at least 3 characteristics of a culturally responsive, trauma informed approaches in care and delivery services.
  • Describe the Missouri Model history, theoretical framework and application, across settings.
  • Identify through self-assessment at least two areas of organizational strength and at least two areas of organizational needed growth, in relation to becoming Trauma Informed.
  • Development at least one measurable action step towards becoming Trauma Informed, for the next six to eight months as part of organizational systems change.

Who Should Attend

While a great fit for administrators and supervisors supporting social workers and human service providers, all persons interested in organizational development and capacity strengthening are invited and welcome to attend. Practice settings include health and mental health departments, behavioral health facilities, schools, non-profit agencies/organizations, as well juvenile justice, and residential programs, among others.

Date and Time

Friday, November 17, 2023, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Bryn Mawr Graduate School Of Social Work and Social Research, 300 Airdale Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Cost: $150

CEUs: 6

Learn more and register.

Questions? Contact Quanisha Green, Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development (formerly under the auspices of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute-NELI), Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research by email or 610-520-2650.