Building a Trauma-Informed Texas 

Welcome to TraumaInformedTexas.com. This page includes resources created in whole or part by members of the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) as well as resources from other state and national organizations. The SCTIC and the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children’s Commission) do not endorse any particular training resource, modality, or curriculum. Materials and links found on this page are not an endorsement of any organizations or approaches. The materials should not be construed as an advisory or ruling by or from the Supreme Court of Texas on specific cases or legal issues. These materials are solely intended to address the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice and are only included for informational purposes.

A trauma-informed Texas child welfare system serves every child and family with dignity and respect. Through this page, the SCTIC aims to provide information and resources so Texas can accelerate the many efforts across our state to bring a trauma-informed and equity lens to each child and family that interacts with the child welfare system. 

The number of resources on this page will continue to grow. Please check back often for updates.


What is the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care?

The SCTIC is a dedicated network of professionals and stakeholders invested in transforming the Texas child welfare system into a system that routinely views children and families as individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Under the leadership of Children’s Commission, the SCTIC embarked on the first phase of its efforts in 2017 by developing objectives and strategies for moving the entire Texas child welfare system forward in a trauma-informed manner. Based on the SCTIC’s work, the Children’s Commission published Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint.

The Blueprint creates a roadmap for the Texas child welfare system to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive and invites innovation and improvement in the approach to trauma-informed care in both the public and private sectors. The SCTIC Implementation Task Force provides a vehicle for implementing the Blueprint by organizing and collaborating on statewide and local efforts.


Resources

Based on the SCTIC’s work, the Children’s Commission published Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint. The Blueprint is organized by nine Guiding Principles that form the basis for all the work being done by the SCTIC.

The SCTIC adopted the following definitions for “Trauma” and “Trauma-Informed” based on existing definitions from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also adopted these definitions under Texas Administrative Code Section 702.201.

 


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 or the individual’s mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.

Trauma-Informed

An individual, program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed fully integrates knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices by:

  • Realizing the widespread impact of trauma, understanding potential paths for recovery, and acknowledging the compounding impact of structural inequities related to culture, history, race, gender, identity, locale, and language;
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  • Maximizing physical and psychological safety and responding to the impact of structural inequities on individuals and communities;
  • Building healthy, trusting relationships that create mutuality among children, families, caregivers, and professionals at an individual and organizational level; and striving to avoid re-traumatization.

In collaboration with the Children’s Commission’s SCTIC and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the SAMHSA South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has compiled training resources and created documents meant to provide information on available trauma-informed care training resources for various stakeholders in a child’s life. While not an exhaustive list, these resource pages are a helpful starting place to locate appropriate training for a specific role.

The full list of documents is available on MHTTC's website.

Link below for role-specific training resources:

More information coming soon.

More information coming soon.