On Tuesday, July 6, health care leaders, government officials, and journalists from across the U.S., Europe, and Africa joined Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, for a virtual meet and greet to launch McLean Hospital’s new Institute for Trauma-Informed Systems Change. Moreland-Capuia, the institute’s founder and director, hosted the Zoom session to discuss the program’s development and objectives.
The institute will provide training to organizations, educators, government officials, law enforcement personnel, clinicians, and others in “trauma-informed organizational change.” Participants will explore the impact of trauma on individuals, populations, and systems. They will also learn how they can change those systems to best serve those who have been affected by trauma.
“This institute, here at McLean, is a culmination of great mentorship, destiny, and heart,” said Moreland-Capuia. “It provides a home and a hub for this very important healing work.”
During its first year of operation, the McLean-based institute will offer monthly two-day, 12-hour workshops on trauma-informed practices and approaches, brain development, and the neuroscience of fear and trauma. There are 32 modules in the “Training for Change” curriculum. The first year of workshops will employ the first 8 out of 32 modules, and subsequent years will address the remaining 24 modules.
At the same time, trainers from the institute will work in Angola to teach that nation’s doctors and community leaders about trauma-informed systems change. Also, Moreland-Capuia said, the institute will collaborate on training efforts with partners across the U.S. and Europe.