Trauma-Informed Medicine  FAQs

What is the Trauma-Informed Certification (TIC)? Who is it for?


TIC is an industry-changing way at looking at inclusion, resolving health disparities, and creating systemic change for medically marginalized communities. There is one version for individual practitioners and another for hospitals/clinics. TIC doesn't want to just give another speech or present a single webinar and then leave: we know that doesn't do anything long term. We designed this program for medical professionals that desire mindful unlearning of bias practices and a solid foundation of knowledge on how to work with traumatized communities from the ground up- all while increasing long-term health benefits and decreasing readmittance.



What does it cover?


TIC looks at all areas of trauma-informed care and customizes programming to the needs, goals, and demographics of each institution. The main areas we work on include:


Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence
Sexual Agency and Wellness
Gender-Based Violence
Trauma-Informed Care/ACEs
LGBTQ Inclusion 
Supporting Male Survivors
De-Colonizing Cultural Competency
Health Disparities​

Sexual Trauma and Affirmative Informed Consent
Mitigating Risk and Liability



What is the timeline?


Depending on the number of areas that need to be addressed, the program takes on average 6-9 months. All programs are completely customized to the needs of each school but in general, include:


1. A free consultation session with key stakeholders to define goals and objectives.


2. First official meeting of the TIC committee. This includes community members, providers, and key decision makers.


3.  Focus group research. A mixed-methods approach the asked each institution's community members for their perspective on current efforts and desired areas of growth. Stakeholders are then asked to volunteer as part of the advisory committee that will monitor the progress of the TIC program, creating buy-in and inclusivity.


4. Solidifying dates, milestones, and training sessions with committee based on focus group feedback.


5. A minimum of two trainings dates are selected and topics identified. This includes train the trainer sessions and program design workshops.


6. Strategic planning summit for TIC. All stakeholders are present and a holistic plan for long-term growth, transparency, and accountability is designed.


7. Final meeting with the committee and the TIC staff. Mapping of next steps and follow-up after the conclusion of the program to ensure initiatives remain energized and obtainable.



Is this expensive?


The price is generally 1/4 to 1/2 of what similar options and programs cost. Think for a moment how much multiple trainings, hiring new subject matter experts, and program management would be- at least three times our fees! Additionally, the training and program can be used for multiple sites who need similar areas of assistance and evolution i.e. three hospitals/clinics in a single state can decide to share the program and split the cost.



What is the certification?


Once a school or schools complete their Trauma-Informed training plan they are awarded the Trauma-Informed Medicine Certification. This shows patients, parents, and current/potential employees that your institution is not just checking boxes on compliance. You are an industry leader in harm reduction, radical inclusion, and response.



How do I learn more?