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What need is the Trauma-Informed Approaches Innovation Lab seeking to meet?
In Minnesota, there is broad buy-in across multiple sectors for trauma-informed approaches. Despite this buy-in there remains a pressing need for:
- a consistent definition of what we mean by a trauma informed approach
- an understanding of how to integrate and align trauma-informed approaches across different systems
- implementation that effectively puts trauma informed approaches into practice
The purpose of this initiative is to assess the needs and opportunities for a collaborative effort that will align and enhance trauma-informed work across Minnesota in ways that are both evidence-based and practice-based. The proposed initiative will build upon mental health theory and technical knowledge of trauma-informed care to support adaptive application that effectively integrates trauma-informed approaches into the cultures of our organizations and communities.
What are we doing?
In the spring of 2014, the Lab will be conducting surveys and interviews to map what is happening in trauma-informed work across Minnesota, in all fields and communities. In the summer, we will hold a gathering of people practicing trauma-informed approaches in the Twin Cities and one in Greater MN to reflect together on the findings of the data, and identify what will be most useful in linking and enhancing this work, to better tell and develop the story of Minnesota as a leader in trauma-informed approaches. This assessment is being done as a part of an innovation lab, a collaborative process to find, test, and spread solutions to social challenges.
How can you be involved?
- Complete an online survey or interview to share what you are doing with trauma-informed approaches, and how it is going. Click here to complete the survey.
- Participate in one of the gatherings this summer to reflect together on what we’re learning and what’s next. The first gathering will be on Wednesday, June 4 from 8:30 am to noon to the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. Click here to register.
- Partner with us in envisioning and implementing responses to this assessment to further effective application of trauma-informed practices in Minnesota.
Here is a sneak preview of a map of trauma-informed initiatives already included in the survey. Please add what you know about to fill in the gaps.
Who is behind this?
The coordinating team for the Lab includes Dave Ellis (Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC), Karina Forrest-Perkins (Minnesota Communities Caring for Children/Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota), Kirsten Johnson (Wilder Foundation), Michael Bischoff (Social Innovation Lab), Jane Kretzmann (University of Minnesota), and Gary Oftedahl (Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement). We are honored to have Butler Family Foundation as our planning phase funder to initiate this process.
Contact: Michael Bischoff at michael ‘at’ clarityfacilitation ‘dot’ com or 612-234-1122