The Cross-Systems Training Institute aims to help all Colorado practitioners provide trauma-responsive care. CSTI offers classes in trauma-responsive care to Colorado practitioners, and all other classes available through CSTI incorporate trauma-informed care principles and practices.

Colorado Trauma-Responsive Theory of Change Principles: The Essential Elements of Trauma-Informed Care

  1. Maximize physical and psychological safety for children and families.
  2. Identify and respond to the individualized needs and strengths of children and families who have experienced trauma.
  3. Enhance child well-being and resilience.
  4. Enhance family well-being and resilience.
  5. Enhance the well-being and resilience of those living in the community and those working in the system, including supporting self-care for providers and addressing secondary traumatic stress.
  6. Partner with youth and families, including utilizing peer/family voice at all levels from policy to practice.
  7. Support and promote positive and stable relationships in the life of the child and the family.
  8. Recognize and respond to gender, cultural, and historical issues.
  9. Ensure all families have equal access to resources and equal opportunities.
  10. Integrate emergency management and crisis response.
  11. Collaborate across systems and establish community partnerships.
Based on NCTSN Child Welfare Toolkit Seven Essential Elements, with additional input from the NCTSN Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed School System