Who we are.
From the time a mental health provider told me I was “too sick to heal” and another one told me “you just don’t want to get better” my goal has been to challenge those messages of hopelessness. The real questions are about what they chose to believe that caused them to see me as “irreparably damaged” and “fundamentally flawed.”
Along the way I’ve gone from working as shoe repairer who didn’t think I was smart enough to do anything else to earning a Master’s degree in Education from Vanderbilt and being appointed as an adjunct in Psychiatry at Georgetown University.
I’ve developed replication manuals for bookoo (that means “a lot”) of Evidence-Based Practices and I know the benefits and the perils of what’s called “Manualized treatment” even though it’s not done manually (by hand). I’ve been a presenter and speaker at a whole lot of conferences, and I’ve raised my voice on national TV talk shows about issues such as dissociative disorders, the fallacy of assuming something is wrong with me because my life is different. I’m an activist, a thought-leader, and a social visionary whose work is in learning, writing, and speaking.
Most important? I’ve listened to the voices of thousands of people who have survived the traumatic experiences—that shaped their lives. I’ve listened to the voices of those who work with them who want to help people recover and heal.
I’ve run the numbers. There will never be enough trained professionals to provide services to the number of people in need. And, as long as payment for services is processed through insurance, a diagnosis—which can stigmatize and colonize survivors even more—will be a requirement, and the role of everyday learning and doing will be medicalized or diminished.
The Trauma-Informed Academy is a response to these voices and realities.
While online, video, and webinar are less relational than being in the same room with you, they make what we offer much more affordable. Our programs are for everybody, and that means finding ways to make them accessible.
What we do.
The TIA offers knowledge and skill training that reduces the time, trauma, and costs of healing for people who work with survivors of traumatic experiences and for survivors as well.
Our proprietary model, The Trauma-Responsive System, offers a comprehensive and integrated model for thinking, feeling, and doing that goes beyond being Trauma-Informed. We believe that Trauma-Responsivity is a lifestyle that benefits everyone.
We also offer standalone courses that address issues not often talked about. Check out some of our courses here.
In addition, we are authorized providers of the Risking Connection®instructor-led curriculum for mental health and social services providers and the faith community, and with Georgetown University, offer the TI-Med of Risking Connection.
Who we serve.
Our audiences include:
We assume universal exposure, recognizing that everyone has been overwhelmed to the point of being unable to cope at least momentarily. We acknowledge the clear differences in how people respond to events that re overwhelming as well as the areas of common impact both in the present time and across generations.
How we do it.
Our learning experiences are available online, supported by video, worksheets, and webinars. We also offer instructor-led courses delivered by our founder, Elizabeth Power.
What makes us special.
We represent the “Voice of Lived Experience.” We are multi-disciplinary, drawing on cultural inclusivity, education, sociology, anthropology, self-help, social work, and psychology. We consider not only research grounded in the scientific method but also in community-based and qualitative research (part of lived experience). We focus on a present-focused, strength-based perspective and frequently question the tenets of the medical model’s reliance on the translation of adaptive behaviors to symptoms of pathology.