Building Trauma-Informed Human Resilience Enhancing Communities


Based on research of successful programs nationwide, this free workshop offered by Building a Resilient Lane County will offer information, skills, and tools to help local communities launch prevention initiatives that reduce the social impacts of personal and collective trauma and transition to human resilience-enhancing communities.

  • When: Tuesday December 6, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: The Bascom/Tykeson room of the downtown Eugene Public Library.

Due to the support of the City of Eugene this workshop is FREE. However, pre-registration is required to attend.

Sign up here for this workshop

What You Will Learn At This Workshop
Unless community leaders understand how personal and collective traumas can negatively affect human behavior and implement initiatives to prevent these adversities and quickly address them when they occur, communities can easily become “trauma-organized.” Research shows that trauma-organized communities have higher rates of crime, child and spousal abuse, interpersonal violence, racism and other forms of systemic oppression, and hopelessness and helplessness among the populace. All of these traits contribute to diminished capacity to problem solve, identify, and implement solutions that can increase wellbeing.

In contrast, as seen in exciting initiatives such as Building Sanctuary in The Dalles (Oregon) and Peace4Tarpon (Tarpon Springs Florida), when local leaders learn skills and use tools that can prevent harmful fear-based reactions to trauma, and work together to jointly promote norms, practices, and policies that enhance personal and collective resilience, their community can learn, grow, and thrive even in the midst of ongoing adversity.

Using research from leading communities nationwide, this workshop will help leaders of all community types from throughout Lane County learn how to build a “Culture of Human Resilience” that enables local residents to successfully cope with trauma and use it as a transformational catalyst to increase wellbeing and flourish.

About Building a Resilient Lane County

Building a Resilient Lane County was formed over a year ago to build a culture of human resilience countywide! Working with and leveraging the efforts of many public, private, and non-profit organizations in the County, its purpose is to:

  1. Help individuals and groups countywide understand how trauma and overwhelming stress can affect their thinking and behavior and learn simple preventative resilience skills to calm their body and mind and make decisions that increase wellbeing.
  2. Develop an increasingly larger cadre of people throughout the county who can educate others about the psychobiology of trauma and teach simple preventative resilience skills.
  3. Help organizational and community leaders learn how to assess the degree to which their entity might be ‘trauma-organized’ and transition to resilience-enhancing entities.

Free skills-building workshops are one of the offerings.

This will be the 9th free monthly workshop offered by Building a Resilient Lane County. Post-workshop surveys indicate that participants have rated every session between a 4.5 to 5 (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being best). For a complete list of the Fall 2016 schedule of resilience building workshops go to this link: Building a Resilient Lane County

For more information about Building a Resilient Lane County contact: tr@trig-cli.org