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Trauma-Informed Care – Join the #MacroSW Chat

by Pat Shelly

Note: A summary of the chat can be found here

All the new resources mentioned in the chat summary can be found below the list of suggested readings at the end of this post.

What: Macro Social Work Twitter Chat
When: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015  at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Why: Knowledge of trauma and its impact, assessment and treatment are essential to the future of social work practice, and social work education.*
How: Follow #MacroSW  (see here for live twitter chat tips by our chat partner @LaurelHitchcock)



During this #MacroSW Chat, we will be focusing on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Social Work.

September 10 is the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9-11, which resulted in trauma to a nation, a city, communities, families and individuals; 9-11  (see #NeverForget_911) joined #OklahomaCityBombing as synonyms for “acts of mass murder by terrorists.”

This is also #SuicidePrevention Week. Trauma is obviously part of what both suicide attempt-survivors and suicide loss-survivors experience.

It’s been 10 years since #HurricaneKatrina devastated New Orleans.

Current traumas in the news include the #refugee crisis in Europe, and the ongoing issues of racist violence in the U.S. as seen in #BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName #Ferguson #Charleston.

Please join us, with our guest experts from the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, @UBSSW professors Sue Green @UBittic and Tom Nochajski @ubthn.

We’ll want to hear about your experiences with trauma-informed care and thoughts on how this enriches our profession.
*Knowledge of trauma and its impact, assessment and treatment are essential to
the future of social work practice, and social work education.
Check back on September 11th, when a summary – including a list of references and resources – will be posted.

Questions for discussion:   1. What is trauma-informed care? /  2. How does trauma-informed care (TIC) fit into macro social work? / 3. Have you had any experiences with TIC? / 4. What is already happening around TIC in social work and in the macro areas? / 5. What special training is needed to become a social worker / agency / policy that is trauma-informed?

The links and resources that were mentioned in the chat can be found below this reading list

Suggested Reading: (an incomplete list – we welcome your comments and additions)

Bloom, S.L., Farragher, B., Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Organizations, (2013) New York: Oxford University Press

British Colombia Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Planning Council. (2013, May). Trauma-Informed Practice Guide.

Carello, J. and Butler, L. (2014). Potentially Perilous Pedagogies: Teaching Trauma is not the Same as Trauma-Informed Teaching. In J. Trauma & Dissociation.  Retrieved from:

Fallot, R.D. and Harris, M. (2009) Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care: A Self-Assessment and Planning Protocol

Finkel, Ed. (2015). Problem-solving courts dig deep to acknowledge, and, sometimes, address trauma. ACEs Connection Network (April 16).

Harris, M. and Fallot, R.D., Eds. (2001). Using trauma theory to design service systems. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kawam, E. (2015, Sept. 1). Trauma Informed Care and Social Work Education: A Case Study. Retrieved from:

Kusmaul, N., Wilson, B., & Nochajski, T. (2015) The Infusion of Trauma-Informed Care in Organizations: The Experience of Agency Staff. Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2015, pages 25-37.

Richardson, S.A. (2014) Awareness of Trauma-Informed Care. Social Work Today, July 2014

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach (2014, July). Retrieved from:

SAMSHA. (2010). Creating a Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice System for Women: Why and How. Retrieved from:

SAMSHA. (2014, March). TIP 57: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services. Retrieved from:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2013, April 29). An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care: Interview with Nancy J. Smyth, Ph.D. [Episode 80]. Social Work Podcast [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from

University at Buffalo Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) Resources on #Trauma, #TraumaInformed Care:
Trauma Talks at UB ITTIC

ITTIC’s expert Advisory Panel
You Tube Video’s podcasts at ITTIC
Resource Center:

Resources / Links that were recommended by Trauma-Informed Care #MacroSW chat participants:

Infographic on trauma and trauma-informed care:

Trauma-Informed Care: Top 10 Tips for Caregivers and Case Managers. By David Ott, Christina Suarez, LCSW and Kimberly Brien,  for Devereux Florida:

Top 10 Recommended Trauma-Informed Care Online Resources

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care at U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors:

Trauma-Informed Care. National Council for Behavioral Health State Association of Addiction Services

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Services. Addictions and Mental Health Services: (resources in and beyond Oregon)

Tarpon Springs, FL, first trauma-informed city, embraces messy path toward peace.

NASW Maryland Chapter’s 2015 Annual Macro Conference, Sept. 25:

Webinar- Building a Trauma-Informed Nation
Sept. 29 & 30, 2015
Free! Register at
Sponsor: The Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma

About the #MacroSW Twitter Chat Partners:

#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 bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out

       Our collaborators include:

  • Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA),
  • Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University,
  • Network for Social Work Management (NSWM),
  • Rachel West, The Political Social Worker,
  • University at Buffalo School of Social Work,
  • Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc.,
  • @SunyaFolayan
  • Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham, @LaurelHitchcock
  • Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant,

Social Justice Statement of Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement

University at Buffalo SUNY School of Social Work


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University at Buffalo architectural detail


Members of the Faculty Council of the UB School of Social Work raise our voices in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles to end the dehumanization of people of color and to promote equitable and humane treatment for all people. This dehumanization, which is pervasive in our culture and societal institutions, leads to the perpetration of systemic violence and human rights violations upon communities of color. Although dehumanization is a global phenomenon, we focus our current attention on the United States. Among the many examples of this dehumanization we note:


  • The murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Akai Gurley, Charly “Africa” Leundeu Keunang, Tony Robinson, Jr., and scores of other unarmed Black men and women, youth, and children by police officers in communities throughout this country;


  • The institutional racism within the criminal justice system reflected in the mass incarceration of black and brown people within America’s prisons; daily occurrences of police harassment, intimidation, and brutality; and stop-and-frisk polices, stand-your-ground laws, and the militarization of police forces that disproportionately target communities of color;


  • The persistent disparities in housing, education, income, wealth, health, and employment that are caused by public policies and private practices that actively privilege white people and disadvantage people of color;


  • Language that demonizes people of color, disregards basic civil rights for homeless individuals and people in poverty, denigrates immigrants and migrant workers as “illegals,” and racial slurs and racist caricatures of American Indian people as mascots for athletic teams;


  • The gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court and efforts by states to pass voter suppression legislation that will disproportionately impact African American voters.


As a School of Social Work dedicated to promoting social and economic justice, human rights, and a trauma-informed perspective, we will continue to:


  • Be agents of change for racial justice, from local to global communities, through our research, teaching, and community service;


  • Promote critical dialogues within and beyond our school about how racism and other forms of structural oppression and structural inequalities affect us, our relationships, our organizations, and our communities;


  • Acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the maintenance of ongoing institutional racism and other structural inequalities;


  • Support UBSSW community members’ participation in direct social and political actions that promote human rights and racial and economic justice;


  • Strengthen the curriculum by deepening content and expanding curricular offerings focused on advocacy, community organizing, restorative justice practices, and intergroup dialogues.


Louanne Bakk

Anna Ball

Laina Y. Bay-Cheng

Lisa Butler

Betsy Bowen

Filomena Critelli

Catherine Dulmus

Diane Elze

Gretchen Ely

Rob Keefe

Kathy Kendall

Isok Kim

Wooksoo Kim

Denise Krause

Laura Lewis

Patricia Logan-Greene

Shaanta Murshid

Yunju Nam

Kelly Patterson

Thomas Nochajski

Barbara Rittner

Patricia Shelly

Annette Semanchin-Jones

Nancy J. Smyth

Charles Syms

Deborah Waldrop

Hilary Weaver



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Resources Addressing Racial Justice


Alexander, M. (2012). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York: The New Press.


Anderson, C. (August 29, 2014). Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. The Washington Post,


Balko, R. (September 3, 2014). How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty.


Bennett, B. (December 17, 2014). I don’t know what to do with good white people.


Casselman, B. (August 26, 2014). The poorest corner of town.


Cooper, B. (January 21, 2015). Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash.


Democracy NOW. (November 20, 2014). “Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice.  see also


Democracy NOW. (December 1, 2014). Dehumanizing the Black Lives of America: Michael Eric Dyson on Ferguson, Police Brutality and Race.


Democracy NOW. (February 10, 2015). Ferguson Residents Challenge “Modern Debtors’ Prison Scheme” Targeting Blacks with Fines, Arrests.


Duca, L. (August 20, 2014). 7 documentaries you can stream right now to better understand what’s going on in Ferguson. The Huffington Post,


Eberhardt, Jennifer. L.
Dr. Eberhardt is a social psychologist at Stanford University who studies race and inequity, especially in the criminal justice context. Her faculty page can be found at:  She was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2014 in recognition of her work. Her webpage is a good place to find up-to-date, state-of-the-art research findings that directly relate to “real world issues.”


Fisher, M. (2014). How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country. Retrieved from


Garza, A. (October 7, 2014). A herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.


Goodman, A. (November 27, 2014). Shaking the heavens in Ferguson, Missouri.


Harding, K. Ten things white people can do about Ferguson besides tweet.


Jarecki, E., Barnes, J., Fraser, N., Glover, D., Legend, J., Pitt, B., Simmons, R., … Virgil Films (Firm),. (2013). The house I live in. [Documentary]


Jeffries, M.P. (November 28, 2014). Ferguson must force us to face anti-blackness.


Moyers & Company, Interview with Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream, Published on December 20, 2013, is a recommended blog. According to the site, the contributors “are scholars and researchers from sociology and a number of other social science disciplines and a variety of academic institutions across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere.”


This American Life (2015). Cops see it differently, Part 1 and Part 2.


U.S. Department of Justice (2015). Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Retrieved from


Western, B. (2006). Punishment and inequality in America. New York: Russell Sage.


Wilkerson, I. (2010). The warmth of other suns: The epic story of America’s great migration. New York: Vintage Books.




On #Ferguson and Social Work

by Pat Shelly


“You are a black body first, before you are a kid walking down the street or a Harvard professor who has misplaced his keys.” Teju Cole




BLOG fergusonHandsUp                                            Lalo Alcaraz 08-21-14


It is now 18 days after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American man, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a European American police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters and social media adopted “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” as a meme. #Ferguson is filled with photos of people who march with determination to make radical changes so that another generation of young men – and women – will not be decimated just because they have black bodies. The juggernaut of racism is a constant issue in social work, but how is that particular form of deeply institutionalized oppression addressed by our profession?

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