The most effective organizations understand the need to be trauma informed but few have the capacity or budget to truly make an impact on their own. It is the goal of the ASRI Trauma Series to provide accessible, affordable and sustainable trauma informed training to community leaders and organizations that serve individuals who may have experienced trauma. The concepts presented are applicable to a wide variety of service providers including all levels of education, human service, medical, law enforcement and more.
In 2019, the Community Children's Center received a Kansas Health Foundation Impact Grant to develop trauma awareness training for Douglas County, Kansas and the surrounding area. We partnered with Marcia Weseman, Ed.D., to develop Trauma Aware with the intention that this eight hour course would build a strong, nourishing support system for organizations of all kinds to ready them for the next steps in the trauma informed journey.
This vision quickly evolved into a concept for an entire series that will help move organizations along the trauma informed continuum as identified by the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework to Become Trauma Informed. Future ASRI trainings (Trauma Sensitive, Trauma Responsive, and Trauma Informed) will move organizations forward on their journey. Each course is a prerequisite for the next training. This series will be made available in a variety of delivery methods and time frames including in person, online live and asynchronously to increase access to the content. The development of the final three stages of the ASRI series are made possible by the Kansas PDG B-5 Grant.
Marcia Weseman, Ed.D, has over 30 years of experience in public education as a teacher and administrator. Since leaving educational administration, she has provided training and consulting services to clients who are implementing trauma and resiliency initiatives.