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2016 - 2017


Charlottesville area organizations recognize that trauma impacts the lives and wellbeing of our community members. Across the country, trauma-informed care is being recognized as a necessary component to healing and recovery for children, families, and larger systems. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)*, emerging research has documented the relationships among exposure to traumatic events, impaired neurodevelopmental and immune systems responses, and subsequent health risk behaviors resulting in chronic physical or behavioral health disorders. Research has also indicated that with appropriate supports and intervention, people can overcome traumatic experiences.

Therefore, community members and organizations in the Greater Charlottesville area have come together with the following mission: to improve trauma-informed care by educating professionals and the community on the impacts of trauma and by advocating for trauma-informed systems of care.

TICN Engagement
More than 100 people attended Trauma Network meetings this year, representing 31 member agencies:
  • Albemarle County Department of Social Services (ACDSS)
  • Albemarle County Schools
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Charlottesville Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  • Charlottesville City Schools
  • Charlottesville Department of Human Services
  • Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF)
  • Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
  • Depaul Community Resources
  • Elk Hill
  • Foothills Child Advocacy Center
  • Jefferson Area Children's Health Improvement Program (CHiP)
  • Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACCA)
  • OAR-Jefferson Area Community Corrections
  • On Our Own of Charlottesville
  • Partners for Mental Health
  • Piedmont CASA
  • People Places
  • ReadyKids
  • Region 10
  • Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)
  • Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE Shelter)
  • STARS/The Arc of the Piedmont
  • The Arbor
  • The Bridge Line
  • The Haven
  • The Loop Center
  • UVA Health System
  • Women's Initiative
Steering Committee Members
The Network was developed and guided throughout this inaugural year by the following steering committee members:
  • Alicia Lenahan (Piedmont CASA)
  • Shannon Noe (ReadyKids)
  • Elizabeth Irvin (The Women’s Initiative)
  • Cathee Johnson Phillips (Foothills Child Advocacy Center)
  • Jenny Jones (CDSS)
  • Mary Stebbins (ACDSS)
  • Becky Weybright (SARA)
  • Rosa Atkins (Charlottesville City Schools)
  • Juliana Weaver (Jefferson Area CHiP)
  • Mary Feamster (Region 10)
  • Brad Wentz (People Places)
  • Cartie Lominack (SHE)
  • Gloria Rockhold (Albemarle County Schools)
  • Erin Tucker (On Our Own)
  • Anna Mendez (Partner for Mental Health)
  • A strategic plan was created with the following goals:
      1. Implement organizational and community assessment
      2. Develop Network membership and structure
      3. Develop communication strategies
      4. Provide community training and education
  • A full copy of the strategic plan can be found here.
  • One hundred and ninety-four (194) individuals from 25 different organizations completed an assessment that covered topics related to supporting staff development, assessment and planning services, and well as barriers to trauma-informed treatment. A summary of the results can be found here.
  • The network received a grant from students at the Batten School of Public Policy who studied youth trauma in our community. A summary of their findings can be found here.
Guest Speakers at TICN Meetings This Year
  • Jeanine Harper and Lisa Wright- Leaders of the Greater Richmond SCAN Trauma-Informed Community Network, shared their experiences launching the Richmond Trauma Network
  • Carolyn Schuyler- Executive Director of WildRock, shared a basic definition of what it means to be Trauma-Informed
  • Kristen Jamison- Executive Director of The Loop Center, shared how trauma can impact child development and learning
  • Erin Tucker- Executive Director of On Our Own, discussed the importance of self-care, and defined compassion fatigue
  • Elizabeth Irvin- Executive Director of The Women's Initiative, facilitated a discussion about our community’s response following the violence that occurred on August 11th and 12th
  • Pat Cuomo- Principal of Greenbrier Elementary School shared an update about the pilot program for Social Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) Classrooms.
  • Athena Gould- Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, introduced the #DearYoungPerson campaign, which was launched following the August 11th and 12th violence in our community
TICN Goals for 2018
  • Trauma presentation by Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson and Theresa Caldwell in November 2017 kicked off a comprehensive training initiative
  • Establish subcommittees:
    • Training- to develop orientation sessions that introduce new members to the Trauma Network. Plan and implement comprehensive training opportunities that will be offered throughout 2018.
    • Education- to facilitate and participate in trauma-informed initiatives occurring in our school systems.
    • Communications- to manage network communications including the bimonthly newsletter and webpage content.
  • Establish structure for future engagement and membership