#MacroSW Chat 5/17/2018: Trauma Informed Care in Your Community

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For our May 17th chat, we will be talking about Trauma Informed Care in Your Community.  As many of us are aware, there is a clear link between childhood adversity and poor health outcomes.  In this chat, we will discuss the ACEs study, how trauma and adversity impacts our communities, and what can be done to help individuals and communities heal and thrive.

The topic of trauma informed care recently received national attention through a segment on 60 Minutes.  You can view the segment here:

SaintA was one of the organizations featured on the segment and have provided some thoughts on next steps in this blog post:

Our host will be #MacroSW Contributor Rachel Castillo (@SocialWorkComm) with guest Tim Grove (@TGSaintARC).  In addition, SaintA will be joining in on the chat. (@SaintAorg)

Our #MacroSW Partner Vilissa Thompson will be moderating via the #MacroSW handle (@OfficialMacroSW), 

Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:

Q1:  How would you define trauma-informed care? #MacroSW

Q2:  What’s the impact of ACEs on the community at large? #MacroSW

Q3:  How do you utilize trauma-informed care in your social work practice (direct practice and macro practice)? #MacroSW

Q4:  What policies could be improved upon through the implementation of trauma-informed care? #MacroSW

Q5:  How can you advocate for the need of trauma-informed care in your community? #MacroSW

Q6:  What’s a success story you’ve seen through utilizing trauma-informed care? #MacroSW


Rachel Castillo is a licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) and has been working in the area of child welfare for more than 15 years and is currently the Director of Foster Care Services at SaintA. She is the founder of www.socialworkcommunity.com, a website/blog with the goal of creating a positive community for social workers to gather, connect, and inspire one another.

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Tim Grove is the chief clinical officer at SaintA and serves as the senior leader responsible for the trauma informed care initiatives across all agency programs.

Tim has more than 20 years of professional experience in a variety of direct care and administrative positions including, in-home services, foster care, treatment foster care, residential treatment, child welfare, community based services, quality improvement and staff development.  He was responsible for the implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care philosophy and practices, including spearheading the implementation of Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) across all agency programs and creating the trauma informed care training curriculum which centers around the “Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei)” definition of how best to understand and implement trauma informed care. 

Tim is a Mentor with the Child Trauma Academy and a Master Trainer in Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter’s ACE Interface curriculum.  Tim and the training team at SaintA have trained more than 50,000 people from diverse disciplines over the past 10 years.

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com.

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