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 knowledgeable about the impact that trauma and adversity have on our communities, and identify practical tools to identify and address the trauma in their world.

Join us for this series, offered on demand at your convenience, as we move toward becoming a trauma aware state  – 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 healing-centered culture in 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 Resilient Community Directory where Pennsylvania residents can search to find resources.

As a member of you have access to the series!


Meet the presenters for our Building Trauma Aware Communities Series:

Foundations of Trauma & Neuroscience and the Frontiers of Trauma Treatment
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 / 2.5 CEs
Transforming Legacy Burdens to Legacy Gifts
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 / 2 CEs
Stuck in Survival
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 / 2 CEs
Healing Me to Healing Us: Cultivating a Community of Collective Growth and Resilience
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.

60 Minutes / 1 CE

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: