Core Principles

Trauma Resilience Initiative (TRI)


Traumas are significant events, series of events, or a set of circumstances that cause physical, emotional or psychological pain. Traumas, traumatic events, and structures are shaping and defining and overwhelm the ability to cope. Traumas impact can be long lasting and can effect an individual, family, organization or community's functioning and its physical, social, emotional, financial or spiritual well-being and health.


Resilience are the resources and protective factors that support and enable an individual, family, organization, and community's ability to effectively face adversity, holistically heal, grow, thrive and sustain recovery after (or in the face of) trauma and adversity . Further, resilience involves navigating and utilizing (or providing) culturally competent resources to sustain well-being.

Principles of the Trauma Resilience Initiative Include:

  1. Safety

  2. Trustworthiness and Transparency

  3. Peer Support and Mutual Self-Help

  4. Collaboration and Mutuality

  5. Empowerment, Voice, and Choice

  6. Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues (Social Justice)

  7. Restorative Justice

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)

An approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people's lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve. Thus, it promotes cultural and organizational change in response to meet the needs of the consumers/clients served.

Principles of TIC Include:

  1. Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

  2. Promoting Safety

  3. Ensuring Cultural Competence

  4. Supporting Consumer Control, Choice, and Autonomy

  5. Sharing Power and Governance

  6. Integrating Care

  7. Emphasizing Healing in Relationships

  8. Knowing That Recovery Is Possible

We believe that these are guiding principles for operationalizing a beloved, well, and just community.

Click here to access our TIC Handout to learn more about our principles, strategies, and further resources.

Justice-Informed Principles (JIP)

Refer to the following graphic for more information on our Justice-Informed Principles. We take care to ensure that all individuals have an equal access to resources, healing, and are able to feel heard.