Impact of Trauma

Addressing the Impact of Trauma

Traumatic stress is pervasive among adults and children. This major public health problem has a devastating impact on people’s lives. While no one is immune to the effects of trauma, people living in poverty and people of color are especially vulnerable.

C4 provides expertise in understanding the effects of trauma on the brain and body, and working with trauma survivors to heal. We collaborate with state and community agencies to assess training needs; provide interactive, experiential, long-term training; and implement trauma-informed care in organizations.

Our Expert Team

Our trauma experts include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, child development specialists, recovery specialists, and trauma survivors. For more information, contact Christina Murphy. Click on team member’s name to learn more.
Ellen BassukEllen Bassuk, M.D., Founder and Senior Technical Advisor
Gloria DickersonGloria Dickerson, B.S., Recovery Specialist
GagneCheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Senior Associate
KraybillKen Kraybill, M.S.W., Lead Trainer
LivniAyala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer
Scott PetersenScott R. Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III, Trauma Specialist, t3 Faculty
Steven SamraSteven Samra, M.P.A., Project Director
VolkKatie Volk, M.A., Senior Project Director

Impact of Trauma on the Brain

How do experiences of trauma impact the brain? How can you support children and adults who have experienced trauma in managing difficult emotions? Watch this video to learn more.

Trauma Resources

Examples of Our Work

Creating Trauma Informed Services


Created by the Center for Social Innovation with national experts, the TICOMETER © evaluates an organization’s needs and progress in implementing trauma-informed care and ensuring its sustainability. It is the first trauma-informed care organizational assessment instrument with strong psychometric properties. Measure the degree to which your organization is engaged in trauma-informed practices.

Trauma Informed Data Collection

In collaboration with SAMHSA’s Grantee Data Technical Assistance project, C4 staff developed tools to support trauma-informed data collection. A guide, video series, and course offer advice on creating a trauma-informed environment during baseline and follow-up interviews and feature subject matter experts as well as people who receive services from a SAMHSA-funded program.

Trauma Training

People have different learning styles and preferences. C4’s approach combines training, products, and consultation that blend in-person and online learning to promote implementation over time. Our training institute, t3 (think.teach.transform), trauma offerings teach health and human service providers how to understand and respond to trauma through onsite training, customized consultation,  instructor-led online courses, self-paced webinars, an eBook, and the TICOMETER which measures organizational adoption of trauma-informed care.
  • Effects of Trauma
  • Effects of Trauma
  • Effects of Trauma

Safety in Support

This interactive eBook is a practical guide for individuals and agencies seeking to understand and apply the concepts of trauma-informed care. Developed for tablets, smartphones, and computers, it presents principles and applications of trauma-informed care through text, video, and case studies.