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Investing in Community Resilience: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Practice

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This event is for eXtension Foundation members. A listing of members is available here. Individuals from member institutions can find the registration in the Impact Collaborative subgroup here.  For membership inquiries, please contact membership@eXtension.org


We believe it is critical to acknowledge what is happening to our communities. From the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken many lives, to the systemic racism and inequalities that continue to deeply affect communities of color, we are seeing trauma in a multitude of ways. 

Our mission is to serve the U.S. Cooperative Extension System by partnering to make a greater collective impact and promote accessibility to all in communities across the nation.  We are committed to fostering inclusive work where diversity is welcomed, encouraged, and leveraged for growth, new knowledge, and community vitality.

The eXtension Foundation will continue to do what it does best - create opportunities for Cooperative Extension to engage in dialogue, learn from one another, and help identify next steps in addressing these challenges.  

The science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress as well as healing and resilience, can provide helpful tools for supporting communities through this time of crisis. 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 15th from 3-4pm ET for the fourth webinar of the Investing in Community Resilience web series, Evaluation Trauma-Informed Practice.

Registration Available For eXtension Members Here in the Impact Collaborative Subgroup


Investing In Community Resilience:
Deploying Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders & Capacity Builders

As an Extension professional, your passion for building just, healthy, resilient communities is evident. Until recently, we have been missing critical information that can help us develop best practices to achieve such a goal. 

Today, the science is clear – adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma can impact the brain and body, contributing to a host of negative outcomes in all aspects of life. Some effects can even be passed from generation to generation. In the last two decades, we have come to understand that ACEs and trauma are pervasive and distributed inequitably among vulnerable communities. 

The good news is that trauma-informed, healing-centered practice can hold the keys to preventing and mitigating these impacts. Researchers, service providers, philanthropists, policymakers, community residents, and others are coming together to build a movement for resilient communities, improving outcomes in areas as divergent as health care, education, and criminal justice.

In partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, the eXtension Foundation is providing an exclusive 10-month learning series opportunity on using ACEs and trauma science to improve community outcomes. 

This series will guide the conversation around how communities can deploy resources in creative ways to build knowledge and capacity throughout the human-serving field. The series will be delivered in three parts, each of which will include two educational webinars and one interactive learning circle:

Part II: Trauma-Informed Practice - Moving Knowledge to Action
June, July, August 2020

In part two, Trauma-informed practice: Moving from knowledge to action, we will explore:

  • Examples of organizations and communities that have used trauma-informed, healing-centered practice to improve outcomes, and 
  • Considerations and methods for evaluating trauma-informed care and practices
  • Apply trauma-informed principles to program evaluation methods

Webinar IV: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Practice
July 15th, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM ET

We invite you to join us for the fourth webinar in our Investing in Community Resilience series. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the role of evaluation in building organizational and community capacity to implement a trauma-informed, healing centered approach

  • Identify methods and tools for evaluating the impact of ACEs and trauma

This Webinar is Presented By:

Dr. Cindy Crusto
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Chair for Diversity, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research at the Consultation Center
Yale School of Medicine

Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Yale University School of Medicine, is the Director of Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center. Dr. Crusto has more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to schools and to community-based organizations on the evaluation of prevention programs. She is interested in culturally relevant interventions for children from racial/ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds and in school-based behavioral health services. Dr. Crusto's research examines the impact of family violence on children and the ecological influences on child and family well-being, and includes rigorous evaluations of community-based initiatives involving substance use and violence prevention, and the promotion of school readiness.

Dr. Crusto earned a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College, an M.A. in clinical-community psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical-community psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

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