This pilot project, supported by the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation, will culminate in the creation of a tool schools can use to evaluate their physical space and identify changes that can lower the stress levels of students and staff. The Trauma-informed Design Society is partnering with a mix of schools and designers to create the tool. We hypothesize that trauma-informed designed schools can result in less dysregulation, a reduction in harsh disciplinary measures, and increased learning. The goal ASID's Transform Research Grant Program is to focus on how diversity, equity, and inclusivity can be supported through interior design. The tool created through this project will benefit all communities, but will have the greatest impact on those most marginalized.
Sessions will be on topics related to trauma and it's effects, the importance of building resilience for recovery, and trauma-informed care, starting with a live webinar on trauma-informed policing for law enforcement officers and other justice workers in the Morris County area of New Jersey.
Provided trauma-informed care and corrections best practice framework for discussions with Boston Architectural College faculty. The first was on the role of trauma-informed design in post-pandemic educational environments, and the second on how correctional design can be transformed for justice reform.
Now offering multiple courses! Trauma-Informed Education explores the research on toxic stress, and explains how it can impact a child’s learning. Through an in-depth study of the key principles of a trauma-informed approach, participants learn concrete tools to reconsider classroom organization, avoid the re-traumatization of students, help students regulate their emotions and build resilience, interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline,” de-escalate situations when necessary, and address racially- and culturally-sensitive lessons. Supporting Marginalized Students includes a detailed look into the experiences of children from several marginalized communities, and offers techniques designed to help students feel safe, empowered, and able to focus on their educational opportunities.
Addressed the importance of trauma-informed care in domestic violence services, along with Tracy DeTomasi from Good People Solutions, in an event hosted by You Have the Power. This Nashville-based community organization is focused on empowering those victimized by crime through education, advocacy, and understanding.
In collaboration with Boston Architectural College Faculty members, Trauma's Impact on the Brain and Implications for Design introduces the brain science research that led to the emerging field of Trauma-informed Design at the 2021 Symposium: Quantified Building, Quantified Self. Download the full-sized version of the poster here.
Provided understanding of human trafficking and trauma, it's potential impacts, and best practice for informed care for Texas State University 2022 senior class designing a 23,000 square foot, 3-story property for youth who were trafficked. Reviewed schematic and final designs for the project, which will include both program and residential space, and will mitigate potential triggers, maximize comfort, and centralize choice.
Delivering continuing education materials, including a podcast, article, and webinars for Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). These webinars introduce the topic of trauma informed care in snow sports instruction and provide tools for instructors working with individuals who may experience difficulty regulating their emotions or reactions.
These live webinars and pre-recorded trainings are available to businesses and organizations that work with the public. Designed to address the increased impact of trauma our society is facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Help your staff recognize the signs of trauma and respond appropriately, to support healing and build client relationships that will endure all life's challenges.
Presented an introductory training on trauma-informed care in adaptive sports at the 2020 Move United* Virtual Leadership Conference. Teamed up with Boston Architectural College alumna and fellow Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports volunteer, Janet Roche, to present on common triggers in year-round sports programming environments and how to eliminate or mitigate them at the 2021 Move United Education Conference. These two events reached over 600 adaptive sports professionals, filling management, administrative, instructor, coach, ambassador, recreational therapist, and board member roles.