building understanding


Alive and Well Communities hosts conversations in multiple settings — from neighborhood gatherings to school board meetings — to build a common understanding about how trauma impacts individual and community outcomes and to begin to build pathways for healing, well-being and equity.

Trauma Awareness Training

Alive and Well Communities regularly hosts free workshops on how trauma impacts social, emotional and health outcomes. The presentation explores the prevalence and impact of trauma on children’s brain development; the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES); how to help children and families recover from trauma; as well as what is behind many of the behaviors we see and how we can shift our perspective through the lens of trauma.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. Anyone is welcome to participate. Check our events page for upcoming trainings

Trauma Responsive Training

During this interactive training, participants will go beyond the science of the impact and prevalence of trauma, and into building resilience and examining systems. Participants will use the principles of trauma-informed care to learn how organizations can start their journey of becoming trauma informed.

This training must be taken before registering to attend Train-the-Trainer.

These trainings are offered periodically for a fee with limited scholarships available. Email for more information.

Train-the-Trainer Training

Participants who attend Train-the-Trainer will be equipped to work within their organization and provide trauma-awareness trainings, setting the foundation for an organization to become trauma informed. These participants also have access to two individual coaching hours from Alive and Well Communities staff.

CEU’s are available upon successful completion of this full day training. You must have registered for or already taken the Trauma-responsive training before registering to attend Train-the-Trainer.*

These trainings are offered periodically for a fee with limited scholarships available. Email for more information. 

For organizations wanting to advance along the stages of change in the Missouri Model, Alive and Well provides comprehensive consulting services, including Learning Collaboratives. The Learning Collaborative model provides a cost-effective solution for multiple organizations to accelerate change.

For organizations interested in the transformational process of becoming trauma informed, please email

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