Trauma Informed Community Development

Trauma is a costly public health problem that can impact anyone regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geography, or sexual orientation.


Part of the Mayor’s strategic plan is creating a Trauma Informed Community that establishes and promotes healing, so residents can be healthy enough to sustain opportunity and realize their full potential.


The Trauma Informed Training Specialist with the City of Lancaster is training residents like you to be trauma informed, so that we build a resilient city.


Trauma 101

Trauma Informed 101 is a 1-hour informational overview of trauma, resilience, and healing.

Trauma Informed 101 registration is now closed.


Advanced Training

Advanced Trauma Training is an optional 30-minute information session where attendees learn how to train others in Trauma Informed Community practices, including the training process, benefits, expectations of trainers, etc. This training is only available for Lancaster City residents.

Advanced Trauma Training registration is now closed.


Trauma Informed Community

Trauma & Resiliency

Trauma is an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that a person experiences as physically or emotionally harmful and has lasting negative effects on the person’s mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual wellbeing. The Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) study revealed a powerful relationship between serious, negative events in childhood and people’s physical and mental health in adulthood. ACE’s are common – and in the absence of support, they can cause long-lasting harm. When children experience multiple negative events such as violence, poverty and racism, their bodies can be flooded with stress hormones, increasing their risk for health problems.

What is resiliency?

Resiliency is the ability to do well in the face of serious hardship. As a community, this means our policies can help to create the safe, stable environments that children need to thrive and be resilient. If we ensure that our community is equipped to support people who have experienced traumatic events and create programs and policies that buffer or protect people when they occur, than we make resilience a real possibility.

What are trauma informed principles?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) there are six guiding principles that aim to increase awareness of the impact that trauma can have in communities. By focusing on these principles, we can promote resiliency and prevent trauma:

  1. Safety
  2. Trustworthiness & transparency
  3. Peer support
  4. Collaboration & mutuality
  5. Empowerment & choice
  6. Cultural, historical & gender issues

Sourced from Substance abuse and Metal Health Services Administration FrameWorks Institute.
Paid for by Pennsylvania Taxpayers

Advanced Training Information

Información de Capacitación Avanzada

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The City of Lancaster offers monthly public trainings about trauma and resilience.

Trauma Informed 101
Trauma Informed 101 is a foundational overview of trauma, resilience, and healing.

Additional Training
Lancaster City residents who are interested in additional training or becoming a trainer contact the Department for Neighborhood Engagement at 717-291-4711 or