For our TIS partners, join us in highlighting a TIS principle by month. See below. See also TIS principles into action.
Collaboration and Empowerment - January and July
Compassion and Dependability - March and September
Cultural Humility and Equity - February and August
Resilience and Recovery - May and November
Safety and Stability - June and December
Understanding Trauma and Stress - April and October
"Everyday, it is about giving your all. I come in and give 110%. At the end of the day, you remind yourself, it is about what the kids and families need."
–Tameikia Brown, Teacher, Therapeutic Nursery School, East Bay Agency for Children
Trauma involves a loss of power and control that makes us feel helpless. However, when we are prepared for and given real opportunities to make choices for ourselves and our care, we feel empowered and can promote our own wellness.
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"We’re trying to change the school culture by teaching educators about the underlying neurobiology of trauma. When we see aggravating behavior in a kid and ask the question, “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”, that’s the fundamental reframe."
–Silvia Cordero, Principal of El Dorado Elementary School, San Francisco County
Trauma is overwhelming and can leave us feeling isolated or betrayed, which may make it difficult to trust others and receive support. However, when we experience compassionate and dependable relationships, we reestablish trusting connections with others that foster mutual wellness.
"La Clinica is a place that you don’t got to stress about your parents not understanding. They spoke the same language as my parents and my parents could communicate with them and they got us."
–Alondra (18), Consumer, La Clinica
We come from diverse social and cultural groups that may experience and react to trauma differently. When we are open to understanding these differences and respond to them sensitively we make each other feel understood and wellness is enhanced.
"As someone who aged out of foster care into homelessness and struggled to say in school and keep employment, advocacy became my best therapy. I was a space where I cultivated resiliency, and built community that cared. Trauma Transformed is an example where those of us with lived experience can build resilience and transform systems."
–Susan Manzi, Executive Director, Youth in Mind
Trauma can have a long-lasting and broad impact on our lives that may create a feeling of hopelessness. Yet, when we focus on our strengths and clear steps we can take toward wellness we are more likely to be resilient and recover.
"Real relationships. That’s what it meant to be trauma informed. Changing conversations from consequences, and pointing levels to safety and repairing harm in relationships."
–Victoria Valencia, Canyon Oaks Youth Center, San Mateo County
Trauma unpredictably violates our physical, social, and emotional safety resulting in a sense of threat and need to manage risks. Increasing stability in our daily lives and having these core safety needs met can minimize our stress reactions and allow us to focus our resources on wellness.
"Understanding and recognizing the impact of trauma exposure within the juvenile justice system is critical because so frequently it is a young person’s behavior — which are normal reactions to unresolved trauma — that ensnares young people in the system; and once youth are system-involved, it is paramount that every effort is made to prevent further harm and retraumatization, while creating opportunities for recover and healing."
–Jennifer Lynn-Whaley, Youth Justice Institute, Contra Costa County
Without understanding trauma, we are more likely to adopt behaviors and beliefs that are negative and unhealthy. However, when we understand trauma and stress we can act compassionately and take well- informed steps toward wellness.
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