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Roanoke Valley Trauma Informed Community Network (VA)

The Roanoke Valley Trauma Informed Community Network seeks to connect organizations to better understand, prevent, and address ACEs & trauma in our community. The RVTICN features a learning cohort of organizations who are delving into the work of creating trauma-informed systems. We provide training & resources and believe that through these connections, we can build resiliency.

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Beyond the Checklist: Implementing a Trauma-Informed Culture

Defining a trauma-informed approach and figuring out how to put it into action has been a struggle since the inception of the term. At Origins, our answer to this predicament is simple (but not always easy)–a trauma-informed approach is a culture, not a checklist. In other words, this approach is less about what you do and more about how you are doing it. But culture can sometimes feel daunting and nebulous. How can we even get started?

The Roanoke Valley Trauma Informed Community Network (RVTICN) is an integral part of Virginia's network of over 30 trauma-informed communities, dedicated to understanding, preventing, and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma. ACEs and trauma encompass potentially distressing events such as abuse, neglect, familial dysfunction, racism, community violence, and more. Such events can impact an individual’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development throughout childhood and adulthood. Our mission at RVTICN is to unite Roanoke Valley organizations in comprehending, preventing, and effectively responding to ACEs and trauma. At our core is a dynamic learning cohort of impassioned organizations committed to creating trauma-informed systems. Action is our hallmark. RVTICN provides essential training and resources, empowering community organizations to navigate the complexities of trauma. Through shared knowledge and connections, we aim to collectively foster resilience, creating a more compassionate Roanoke Valley. Join us in our journey toward building a trauma-informed community, where every individual thrives. Together, let's make a lasting impact on the well-being of our neighbors.
There are a lot of ways to get involved:
Sign up for ourmailing list by subscribing on the right-hand side of this page. Through our mailing list you will receive our monthly newsletter and notifications of upcoming trainings.
Request a free Trauma Basics training for your team or attend a public workshop (offered every other month).
Attend one of our free Community Network Meetings where we learn about a variety of trauma-related topics.
Join one of our committees to help support the activity of the Network.
Find more resources about ACEs and Trauma-Informed Care on the right-hand side of this page under "Resources for downloading."
Join our Learning Collaborative, where organizations seek to implement Trauma-Informed Care for their staff and the communities they serve with the support of similar organizations.
Get in touch with Decca Knight, the TICN Coordinator and Trauma Specialist, for everything in-between. You may email her at

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