Trauma-Informed Care Trainings

Surviving to Thriving training seminars are open to the public. Our vision is for Pittsburgh to become a model for best practices in trauma-informed care. In order to support this vision, we at OMA Pittsburgh hold Surviving to Thriving seminars. Surviving to Thriving is a bridge designed to connect educators, community organizations, families and professionals across generations and the healthcare spectrum.

Trauma-Informed Care is a “framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.” –Crisis Intervention Institute

Children’s Mandate: If you don’t think what I think, feel what I feel, experience what I experience, and see what I see when I look at myself, others and the world around me, how can you possibly know what is best for me?

Summer 2021 Trauma Informed Training: June 5th, 9:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Callie Gropp—moderator
Gail Hunter—Overview of Trauma, ACE’s and Trauma-Informed Training
Mai Nguyen—Compassionate Inquiry: A Trauma-Informed Approach Developed by Dr. Gabor Mate
Marilyn Carpenter—Tai Chi Movement and Self Care
Anita Russell—Why Trauma-Informed Care Must be Explicitly Anti-Racist
Robin Clarke—Trauma-Informed Care is Self Care
Jamal Jones, DC Peace Team—Relational Trauma and Restorative Justice

“Art in the Garden helped me to feel much more confident in my approaches to conflict resolution/classroom management. I teach in a public school where the norm is to demand respect from students and yell/embarrass them for their actions. That form of discipline has never resonated with me, and seeing everyone at camp practice restorative and trauma informed care is validating to me that it works, and is the best way to care for our youth. I am part of a Positive Behavior Incentive Team at my school, and I hope to introduce the approach to more of my staff. Seeing a program run entirely on this method will serve as evidence for those who doubt the approach.” – Art in the Garden Teacher and Trauma-Informed Training Attendee 2021

“Most all people have a score somewhere in the ACES categories. This changes who we are and how we handle things. I now react to situations differently because I understand that most times there is a driving factor to a behavior or student choice.” Trauma-Informed Training Attendee 2021

“Working with the younger kids also taught me a few bargaining skills. Instead of demanding a child to do or go where you want, it’s much more effective to ask them and understand why they may or may not want to do something. Then you can make any accommodations they need. Or maybe they just need a break :)” – Art in the Garden Teen Counselor in Training and Trauma-Informed Training Attendee 2021


Restorative School Implementation Guide

Trauma Informed Restorative Discipline

Dr. Gabor Mate’s Wisdom of Trauma movie trailer and resources

Dr. Gabor Mate’s Wisdom of Trauma companion booklet HERE

Guidebook for emotional regulation from the Starr Institute HERE

If you are interested in learning more or joining in our work, please reach out. The possibilities that emerge when we connect and collaborate to prevent and better respond to adversity and build resilience brings us great hope.

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