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DBHIDS Trauma Training Initiative

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services developed the Trauma Training Initiative to increase understanding about how trauma and other adverse experiences impact people in recovery and to promote evidenced-based trauma-specific services.

The initiative’s goals include:

  • Supporting the development of an integrated behavioral health care system that promotes recovery and resilience

  • Creating a more trauma-informed system of care by promoting trauma-informed practices, policies, and environments

  • Building system capacity by increasing the number of clinical staff trained in evidence-based treatment that facilitates trauma recovery

  • Improving outcomes and the quality of behavioral health services for those affected by trauma.

The initiative includes both trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches to service delivery and treatment for both adult and child systems. DBHIDS identified three nationally recognized models – the Sanctuary Model®, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) – to best inform providers and department staff.

For more information about the DBHIDS Trauma Training Initiative, and for a listing of local agencies that provide trauma-specific services, go to  http://www.dbhids.org/trauma-initiative/