Building a Trauma-Informed Texas 

Welcome to TraumaInformedTexas.org. This page serves as a platform for the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care. On this page you will find resources created in whole or part by members of the SCTIC as well as resources from outside organizations. These materials are not an endorsement of outside organizations and approaches but merely serve as an informational tool.

The children and families served by the Texas child welfare system deserve they dignity and respect that trauma-informed principles hold. The SCTIC hopes through this webpage, our state can accelerate the many efforts across Texas to bring a trauma-informed and equity lens to each child and family that interacts with child welfare services. 


What is the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care?

The Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (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. Beginning in 2017, under the leadership of the Supreme Court of Texas Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children’s Commission), the SCTIC embarked on the first phase of its efforts 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 provides 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 Task Force provides a vehicle for 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 which can be found at www.traumainformedtexas.com. The Blueprint is organized by nine Guiding Principles that form the basis for all the work being done by the SCTIC.

The SCTIC has adopted the following definitions for “Trauma” and “Trauma-Informed” based on existing definition under SAMHSA and NCTSN:

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.

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By definition, children in the child welfare system have suffered at least one ACE. Recent studies have shown that, in comparison to the general population, these children are far more likely to have experienced at least four ACEs.

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