Trauma Resiliency

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Responding to Community Trauma by

Equipping Community Champions

to Facilitate Healing

A project of the Champaign County Community Coalition

“Trauma is a big issue, we need to take a wide view and have a broad impact, where we don’t wait for challenges to occur and we don’t rely only on professionally driven interventions. This calls for a public health approach where everyone plays a role.” Arthur Evans

It is well understood that trauma is a part of the root causes of community violence and the community violence is a traumatic experience.

Addressing community violence from a trauma informed approach and resiliency building approach is thought as being the most effective way to prevent, treat, and respond to community violence.

In 2015 a working group comprised of human service providers, community & faith leaders, and community citizens began meeting as a part of the Champaign County Community Coalition to address the needs of youth and families in a more purposeful way/ from a trauma informed way.

 What is the Peace and Resiliency Champions Effort?

It is an outgrowth from the Champaign County Community Coalition designed to increase the community’s understanding about trauma, trauma informed care, resiliency, and restorative practices.

The effort is best on the best practices and research on trauma and trauma informed care. Especially the following: UIC’s Youth-CAN model [1], Bruce Perry’s work on trauma and healing[2],  Peace4 Communities[3], Adverse Community Experiences[4] , SAMHSA’s Trauma Informed Communities[5], and modeled after the best practices outline in Blueprints for Peace[6].

It is resiliency building, strength-based, public health approach and culturally response approach to address trauma and violence.

The goals of this effort are to:

  • Increase community understanding trauma and support to people impacted by trauma
  • Support the mobilization, understanding and adoptions of Increase the number of people who might be available to support and build resiliency in youth and families.
  • Identify resources (people and other supports) who can respond when a family or a neighborhood is impacted by community or gun
  • Increase the support options available to people in neighborhoods ore people impacted by trauma
  • Identify and connect people (when needed and desired) to appropriate professional help
  • Serve as a part of community efforts to address adverse community experiences and reduce community violence

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[1] UIC Urban Trauma Center– Youth CAN Model –

[2] Bruce Perry – Child Trauma Center –

[3] Peace4 Communities –

[4] The Prevent Institute Trauma Informed Communities –

[5] SAMHSA’s Guiding Principles on Trauma/Trauma Informed Care –

[6] City of Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace –


Understanding Trauma ˜ Child Trauma Center 

˜ Trauma Center – Bessel’ work 

˜ Community Healing Network 

˜ Institute for Safe Families 

˜ Post Traumatic Slave Disorder – Dr. Joy DeGruy

Trauma, Biology and the Brain ˜ Charlie Rose Brain Series

Trauma, the Brain and Adverse Childhood Experiences – Charlie Rose 

Best Practice to Address Urban Trauma ˜ Urban Youth Trauma Center 

˜ Prevent Institute – Adverse Community Experiences and Building Resilience

Suicide Prevention and Best Practices ˜ Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Helps Identify Best Practices

˜ Suicide Prevention Lifeline

˜ Video to Help Increase Understanding of Suicide 

˜ Hip Hop and Suicide

Community Violence and Trauma ˜ NCTSN Resources

˜ VA Understanding Community Violence

˜ Black Male Survivors of Urban Violence who are incarcerated – a comprehensive report 

  • SAMSHA Trauma Informed Care – 10 x 10 campaign 
  • Suicide and Gang Involved Youth – Adam M. Watkins and Chris Melde. Bad Medicine: The Relationship Between Gang Membership, Depression, Self-Esteem, and Suicidal Behavior. Criminal Justice and Behavior, April 13, 2016 DOI: 10.1177/0093854816631797