1000th person trained in Trauma, Resilience, Trauma-Informed Care

1000. That’s the number of people in Lancaster County who have now completed one of the trauma trainings I’ve led with our team of trainers through the #RMOforReturningCitizens and partners over the past 18 months. This is a pretty significant milestone in the collective community effort toward making Lancaster County a trauma-informed community.

We set out a vision several years ago to “build the foundation for a trauma-informed criminal justice system in Lancaster County.” And with this milestone, we’re well on our way!

We’ve trained people from many parts of the criminal justice system, including about 400 corrections officers, parole officers, police officers, and attorneys.

And we’ve gone beyond training criminal justice professionals, through our Trauma 101 trainings, which we’ve been offering to the public. Through those trainings, we have reached people from other sectors of the community, including education, healthcare, behavioral health, housing, human services, businesses, and the faith community.

One of the key lessons learned from the trauma-informed communities I visited last year in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Calgary is that creating a trauma-informed community requires close collaboration across all sectors of the community. We’ve been blessed with great partners who have collaborated with us to make this possible.

We’ve had funding support from the Let’s Talk Collaborative, the United Way, the Art & Selma Walters Trust at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF), and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Lancaster.

I’ve had a great team of co-trainers, including:

Regina Begley from Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
Angela Keen, from Advoz
Vanessa Philbert, from CAP
Jennifer Strasenburgh, from CompassMark
Allison Weber, formerly of the Spanish American Civic Association

Many, many thanks to all who have contributed to this effort. We’re making good progress and I look forward to continuing the collaboration to make Lancaster County a trauma-informed and resilience-focused community!

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