New Mexico has been selected to be one of three states that will receive extensive training and technical assistance on trauma informed practice from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH). For convenience, we are calling this initiative the Trauma Informed Practice Project, or “TIPP”. TIPP includes a broad range of topics including trauma and children, organizational healing, the intersection of DV and mental health, the intersection of DV and substance abuse, and the Advocacy Beyond Leaving model. You can find a comprehensive introduction to this topic on VAWnet.org by clicking HERE.
Researchers involved with this project will help us to develop an evidence base that funders are beginning to demand. As you know, our major funding source, FVPSA, is requiring DV agencies to become trauma informed and to integrate trauma perspectives into their practice. We will be on the leading edge of this work and we are all really excited about its potential.
Last month, members of the National Resource Center came to Santa Fe to launch the project during a day and a half planning meeting. The meeting was attended by the Coalition, a representative from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (formerly Sacred Circle), and Directors from member programs around the state. The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women will be involved in this statewide project as well.
Our member programs will find out much more about this project and what it can do for them at our May membership meeting in Carlsbad. We will also post information on the website and send information to members regularly on some aspect of the project.
If you are a member program, this does not require you to do a lot more work! We will make training and TA available as requested and support what you are already doing. Only those who want to participate need to do so. There is no requirement that programs participate in the training and TA-it is totally up to you!
Please listen to the Podcast with Terri Pease to find out more about Trauma-Informed Practice. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.
The NMCADV and its Associate Trainer program participated in a Training of Trainers by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health in July 2013. The NCDVTMH provided a 3 day training covering various topics in trauma-informed care. The NMCADV is currently working on the integration of these teachings for advocates statewide and also crafting our associate trainers into experts on these topics.