Promoting Trauma Awareness in our Political World

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What action can take to change the ways we care for children and adults with unresolved trauma issues while also focusing on preventing traumas from occurring in the first place? Many of us realize that the systems we have in place to care for children and families are woefully unprepared to consider how trauma plays in the struggles of these folks. We also know that there are systems, like the Juvenile Justice System (as well as the justice system in general) that seek to condemn and punish those whose behaviors are the result of their unresolved trauma.

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I am proud to be a Board member on the national non-profit organization, The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practices (CTIPP) , founded in 2017 by two highly trauma-informed psychiatrists, Dr. Sandy Bloom and Dr. Andy Blanch. Its mission, reflected in its name, is to influence those with the political power to incorporate trauma-awareness into all of the policies and practices that touch the lives of children and families. We seek to empower virtually anyone who wants to have a voice in raising awareness about the horrific impact of unresolved trauma in the lives of children and adults with information and approaches they can use to influence those in their own communities, districts and states as well as their elected members of Congress all the way up to the President.

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CTIPP has just launched a major campaign that I am hoping my readers will consider joining. The political world seems a bit intimidating, but I think it is my responsibility to be informed and share my beliefs.  I hope you will give it a try as well.  As Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The National Trauma Campaign launched February 11, 2020. It calls for federal action to prevent and address childhood trauma and build resilience through educating and engaging Congress. This is designed to support local and state leaders in opening a line of regular communication with congressional offices to: 

• Provide evidence on the science and research on childhood trauma

• Share information about trauma initiatives already taking place within congressional districts/states  

• Partner to create policies and passable legislation that promote healthy and resilient communities.

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We invite you to actively and passionately pursue this goal alongside CTIPP. We are confident that the time you spend advocating will create a resilient, trauma-informed society where all individuals, families and communities have the opportunity and support needed to thrive.

While the Campaign building blocks are in place, it will take a chorus of voices like yours and other advocates throughout the country, over time, to ensure positive change.

Ways you can be involved:

• Sign up to be a member of the Campaign. It is open to any individual and any organization. Members of the Campaign receive tools and support, and participate in the Campaign’s calls to action. The first call to action will be to urge U.S. Representatives to join the House Trauma-Informed Caucus. There will be a toolkit, talking points and instructions coming from the Campaign to support this request.

• Check out the Campaign Background and Overview to learn why CTIPP is launching this Campaign.

• Take a leadership role by becoming a Local Liaison. This position is needed for each U.S. House and Senate office.

Visit CTIPP.org/nationaltraumacampaign to learn more about how the Campaign works and the role you and your organization can take in changing the lives of millions of people nationwide. On the website, you’ll find tools, talking points, materials, campaign news and in-depth information about ACEs, trauma-informed care, and the financial impact of trauma. 

• Join us on social media @CTIPPorg .

Questions? Email TraumaCampaign@gmail.com. We are excited to work with you to make a big difference!

Invitation for Reflection:

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  1. How do you feel about jumping into this campaign?  How can you garner the courage and passion needed to become an advocate for influencing our political representatives?
  2. Think about others you can share this with, perhaps within your circles of friends and colleagues, and in your work environment. Also consider how you can use social media.
  3. Imagine how all of us collectively can change outcomes for so many folks impacted by trauma!  And how this can help our children have a safer, less trauma-impacted world!

Yours for action,

Diane Wagenhals, Director, Lakeside Global Institute


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