In concert with the Pennsylvania Office of Advocacy and Reform, HEAL PA, United Way of Pennsylvania, and Collectively Rooted are working to help Pennsylvania residents become more trauma aware and have practical tools to identify and address the trauma in their world.

Join us for this upcoming summer series about building a trauma aware Pennsylvania – free to all residents in the state and open to everyone for personal and professional growth. We invite you to join some of the world’s leading experts on trauma to learn:

  • Where and how trauma appears in our lives and communities
  • What happens when we experience trauma
  • The role of community in healing
  • How we can heal ourselves and support healing in others

Our mission is to bring the community together, provide resources, and connect individuals and businesses to each other who are committed to building a trauma aware Pennsylvania. Anyone who participates in the series and completes the required exam will receive a certificate of completion and the ability to be listed in the Trauma Aware Community directory where Pennsylvania residents can search to find trauma aware resources.

Join your community in growing and supporting each other.
Pre-register for free for this summer series today!


Meet the presenters for our summer series Advancing Trauma Awareness in Pennsylvania Communities

Release Date: July 1, 2022
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Researcher, psychiatrist, and author of New York Times bestseller The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. van der Kolk revolutionized how the world understands trauma. Dr. van der Kolk joins us to help us understand what trauma is and how it impacts us.

150 Minutes
Release Date: July 15, 2022
Deran Young, LCSW, MPA

Founder and Executive Director of Black Therapists Rock, Deran Young is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who served in the U.S. Air Force for 18 years. Deran brings her expertise about racial trauma and examining our biases.

120 Minutes
Release Date: July 29, 2022
Linda Thai, LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

Linda is a trauma therapist and educator who specializes in brain and body based modalities for addressing complex developmental trauma. Linda will help us learn about self regulation and adaptive strategies we may have developed to survive a traumatic experience.

120 Minutes
Release Date: August 12, 2022
TaLisa Ramos-Watts, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I

Currently TaLisa serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is tasked with providing DEI education and trainings, strategic planning, and establishing trauma-informed approaches to state government. TaLisa will share about community and its role in recovering from trauma.

120 Minutes

You will receive an email notification at the release of each component of the series. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Honoring community stories about trauma in Pennsylvania

Watch and learn what your community is saying about trauma in their lives and the destigmatizing power of talking about it: