July 5, 2017

Download SAMHSA's introductory issue.
SAMHSA Introduces Series on Trauma-Informed Communities
Earlier this year, SAMHSA released a free Spotlight Series publication highlighting different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities. The introductory issue,  Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities: Introduction (PDF), outlines SAMHSA's six principles of a trauma-informed approach , and summarizes SAMHSA's community trauma initiative. Additional issues focus on six communities across the nation: Worcester, MA; San Francisco, CA; Tarpon Springs, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Walla Walla, WA; and Kansas City, KS, and the innovative trauma-informed approaches each has undertaken in their community.
The overall goal of the Spotlight Series is to "highlight strategies and create a dialogue among communities." Any setting or community can be defined as "trauma-informed," according to SAMHSA, if the people there:
  • realize how widespread trauma is in their location,
  • recognize signs and symptoms of trauma,
  • respond to trauma by integrating knowledge into practice, and
  • resist doing further harm.
SAMHSA developed six key principles of a trauma-informed approach, which are customizable based on location, and provided examples of what this could look like in a community setting:  
  • Safety: Prevents violence across the lifespan and creates safe physical environments.
  • Trustworthiness: Fosters positive relationships among residents, City Hall, police, schools, and others.
  • Empowerment: Ensures opportunities for growth are available for all.
  • Collaboration: Promotes involvement of residents and partnership among agencies.
  • Peer Support: Engages residents to work together on issues of common concern.
  • History, Gender, Culture: Values and supports history, culture, and diversity.
A community trauma initiative was launched in May 2015 with a listening session that included teams from the six communities mentioned above. The goal of the session was to facilitate community-to-community sharing, develop materials for dissemination, and lay the initial groundwork for a national plan for trauma-informed communities. Key findings from the session can be found in the publication,
Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities: Introduction (PDF). SAMHSA will continue to work with federal partners, foundations, and other external groups to develop a comprehensive national plan, and support community-to-community sharing through the development of resources, online learning communities, and peer-to-peer exchanges. SAMHSA also anticipates the Menominee tribe in Wisconsin, which hosted a site visit in July 2015, will participate in future activities. For more information on the community trauma initiative and future activities, please contact SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma Informed Care by phone, 866-254-4819, or email.

Safety and Risk Management Resources for Camp Programs on Campus
College and university campuses are now bustling with summer students as well as non-students and minors participating in summer camp programs. Summer camp programs carry a certain amount of risk exposure and colleges and universities are ultimately responsible for the safety of program participants and employees.
The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. As you review your operations, procedures, and programs, the ACA can help identify areas where you'd like to see improvement and assist in detecting and minimizing areas of risk. The ACA's  Camps on Campus web page offers a wide variety of tools and resources for managing risk and promoting safety in camp programs. Their online  resource library provides access to numerous health and safety tools, crisis communications materials, mental health publications, and other resources searchable by keyword, topic, core competency, and type to address safety issues and help your organization run a successful program.
Some of the ACA's available risk management online training opportunities are:
If you are seeking to connect with peers, share ideas, educate yourself and your institution, and improve risk management, health and safety, staff training, and program quality, consider joining the Camps on Campus Council. If you're new to the ACA, this can be a great place to begin building your network and become connected to others with similar goals. If you are already a part of the ACA community, your peers in higher education can benefit from your knowledge and understanding of this unique setting. For more information on the council, contact Tim Huchton by  email or phone at 765-349-3539.
For additional information regarding minors on campus, view our recorded webinar,  Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations , and learn why it is important for colleges and universities to consider including minors in their safety and emergency protocols. You may also access our online  resource library  and select the "minors on campus" tag under the search box.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: 2017 School Safety Training Forum
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates: August 8-10, 2017
Location: Hampton, VA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Transformative Conversations: Think Differently to End Sexual Assault
Organization: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Dates: August 9-10, 2017
Location: Sacramento, CA
Fee: Registration fee

Title: EOC Operations And Planning For All Hazards (MGT346)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dates: August 15-17, 2017
Location: Fargo, ND
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.