Who We Are
● We are community based.
What we do and don’t do:
What we do:
- We work to increase awareness related to the prevalence of trauma, its impact, and how implementing TIC can support healing and build stronger organizations and communities
- We practice the 6 core principles of TIC which are:
- Safety - Throughout the organization, staff and the people they serve, whether children or adults, feel physically and psychologically safe; the physical setting is safe and interpersonal interactions promote a sense of safety. Understanding safety as defined by those served is a high priority.
- Trustworthiness & Transparency - operations and decisions are conducted with transparency with the goal of building and maintaining trust with clients and family members, among staff, and others involved in the organization.
- Peer Support - Peer support and mutual self-help are key vehicles for establishing safety and hope, building trust, enhancing collaboration, and utilizing their stories and lived experience to promote recovery and healing. The term “Peers” refers to individuals with lived experiences of trauma, or in the case of children this may be family members of children who have experienced traumatic events and are key caregivers in their recovery. Peers have also been referred to as “trauma survivors.”
- Collaboration & Mutuality - Importance is placed on partnering and the leveling of power differences between staff and clients and among organizational staff from clerical and housekeeping personnel, to professional staff to administrators, demonstrating that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision-making. The organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. As one expert stated: “one does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.”
- Empowerment, Voice, & Choice - Throughout the organization and among the clients served, individuals’ strengths and experiences are recognized and built upon. The organization fosters a belief in the primacy of the people served, in resilience, and in the ability of individuals, organizations, and communities to heal and promote recovery from trauma. The organization understands that the experience of trauma may be a unifying aspect in the lives of those who run the organization, who provide the services, and/ or who come to the organization for assistance and support. As such, operations, workforce development and services are organized to foster empowerment for staff and clients alike. Organizations understand the importance of power differentials and ways in which clients, historically, have been diminished in voice and choice and are often recipients of coercive treatment. Clients are supported in shared decision-making, choice, and goal setting to determine the plan of action they need to heal and move forward. They are supported in cultivating self-advocacy skills. Staff are facilitators of recovery rather than controllers of recovery. Staff are empowered to do their work as well as possible by adequate organizational support. This is a parallel process as staff need to feel safe, as much as people receiving services.
- Cultural, Historical, & Gender Issues - The organization actively moves past cultural stereotypes and biases (e.g. based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, gender identity, geography, etc.); offers, access to gender responsive services; leverages the healing value of traditional cultural connections; incorporates policies, protocols, and processes that are responsive to the racial, ethnic and cultural needs of individuals served; and recognizes and addresses historical trauma.
- We provide information and education to support understanding and implementation of TIC
- We refer questions, concerns, and needs to our partners to assist those seeking help.
- We promote TIC efforts in our community.
- We endorse organizations with expertise in trauma and TIC based upon organization policy and staff training.
What we do not do:
○ We do not provide direct services; rather, we refer people to service providers with a track record of providing TIC.
- Community Advocacy: The Community Advocacy Workgroup Members consist of partners in various occupations within the community speaking with a voice from their respective communities on how to get the message out to the community.
- Social Services: Members consist primarily of partners who provide direct services to those who have experienced trauma. They include but are not limited to mental health providers, social workers, pastors, and law enforcement.
- Education: Members consist of any educator from support staff to board of education members, or others interested in promoting TIC principles within the educational system.
- Because we are a community of volunteers, you may email us or call Mahoning County Juvenile Court through Richard Hura. Richard can be reached at 330-740-2244, 6589 or [email protected]oningcountyoh.gov
- For immediate assistance, please contact (help network and emergency services)
- You may wish to contact one of our partners directly.
- Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board
- Mahoning County Juvenile Court
- Mahoning County Board of Health
- Alta Behavioral Health
- Akron Children’s Hospital
- Belmont Pines Hospital
- Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities
- You can find us on Facebook by searching Stand, Grow, Thrive: Mahoning Resiliency Movement or typing @SGTMahoningResiliencyMovement