Apr 20, 2011

Trauma-Informed Care Training for the Collaborative Courts

The San Francisco Collaborative Courts pursue evidence-based practices and training for all city and criminal justice system partners, so that we can better serve our clients and the community – trauma informed care is a key component of this effort. The Collaborative Courts have been selected to receive a free training, offered by the SAMHSA National GAINS Center: How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses to Women & Men with Mental Illness.

“There is growing recognition that trauma can play a significant role in criminal justice involvement. Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.” - The SAMHSA National GAINS Center, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA)

Thirty five participants representing the Police, Probation, Superior Court, the Sheriff's Department, Pretrial Diversion, and other treatment agencies will take part in the training.

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