Building a Compassionate Community Project
Initiative for a Trauma Informed Response
Woonsocket – The Building a Compassionate Community project is a Community Care Alliance (CCA) initiative that is supported, in part, by Health Equity Zone funding. The goal is to help our community gain a better understanding of how trauma affects citizens and how we can best respond to people experiencing a trauma-response at any given time. Trainings have been provided to both the public and private sectors, including The Autism Project, Sojourner House, Woonsocket Harris Library, City Year AmeriCorp, PACE Organization of RI, RI Probation and Parole, Woonsocket Probation and Parole, and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI.
Each year, Community Care Alliance serves thousands of individuals with trauma histories. While we are able to help individuals and families through behavioral health services, these same people do not live in a counseling vacuum. They go to restaurants, seek public services, visit stores, and other public and private entities; and unfortunately, take their trauma responses with them. The goal is to help non-clinical individuals learn how to safely interact with their customers, patients, or clients to assuage potentially uncomfortable, escalating situations. The training consists of a 2 hour presentation on trauma and its effects on an individual and family system, and is meant to help people recognize that CCA clients are members of the community, and their experiences within the community influence their behaviors.
|Pamela Messore, LICSW, LCDP, CAADC, Community Trauma Trainer/Clinician
Qualified trauma-informed trainers, led by Pamela Messore, LICSW, LCDP, CAADC, Community Trauma Trainer/Clinician, are available to police, fire, schools, elected officials, hospitals, urgent care facilities, libraries, faith communities, businesses, restaurants, and state offices. It is the hope that these free, face-to-face presentations utilizing the latest evidence-based information and video reinforcements will generate strong enthusiasm for northern Rhode Island as a Trauma-Informed Community—one that is committed to counteracting the ubiquitous and debilitating nature of trauma. For information about trainings call 401.235-7152.