Trauma has been identified as an epidemic in our society.  Studies indicate that a significant portion of the population have experienced harmful or life-threatening events which have impacted their everyday functioning or well-being.  Cowart Trauma Informed Partnership is here to help you implement practices to avoid retraumatization and enhance resilience throughout your organization and beyond.

What Is Trauma?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. 

What Is Resilience?

Resilience is a person's ability to overcome serious hardship.  Two people may experience the same thing, and it may be traumatic to one, but not the other.  Genetics has something to do with this, but very frequently, the difference is found in the quality of the person's relationships.  There is good news:  resilience can be grown over time.

Christine Cowart, MA, CTP, CARSS I

Christine is a certified trauma professional and a member of the ACEs Connection's Speakers and Trainers Bureau.  She has built a career in the human services field, with a focus on criminal justice

and family services policy.  Through this work, she developed an in-depth understanding of trauma, its possible effects, and what can be done to change the story.  In her personal life, she is married and a mother of two children with traumatic backgrounds.  For almost two decades, most of her free time has been spent volunteering as a certified adaptive recreation and sports specialist.

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