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SOAR Webinar: Improving SOAR Applications with the Essentials of Trauma Informed Care

In this webinar, held on March 23, 2017, trauma-informed experts and SOAR providers shared best practices for understanding and implementing trauma-informed care principles.


What does it mean to be trauma-informed? How does your agency integrate trauma-informed principles into daily practice? How is this different than business as usual? Research and experience tells us that histories of traumatic experiences are prevalent for individuals who have experienced homelessness, mental health challenges or substance-use conditions. Given the high prevalence for all three issues in the SOAR target population, integrated trauma-informed approaches are needed for SOAR providers!
In this webinar, participants heard from trauma-informed experts and SOAR providers who shared best practices for understanding and implementing trauma-informed care principles to help answer these questions.  They provided an overview of trauma-informed care and how it is used as a framework for providing services within a variety of service settings, which include; homeless, justice involved, Veterans, youth in transition, substance abuse and mental health. The presenters shared practical tips on creating safe physical and emotional space, supporting choice and control, and integrating trauma-informed care into your SOAR program

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn how to:
  • Increase SOAR community awareness of trauma impact and trauma-informed care
  • Integrate trauma-informed principles when providing SOAR services within a variety of settings, e.g. justice involved, veteran, youth, homeless shelters, domestic violence and mental health
  • Apply trauma-informed principles to gather a thorough history and greatest amount of information in a way which minimizes re-traumatization
  • Evaluate SSA’s new Listing 12.15 for trauma and stressor-related disorders for SOAR applicants with trauma histories


  • Lisa Callahan, PhD, Senior Research Associate, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, Policy Research Associates Inc., Delmar, New York
  • Kim Davidson, LCSW, Clinical Services, Director, Deborah's Place, Chicago, Illinois
  • Eleni Marsh, SOAR Case Manager, Deborah's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Intended Audience

SOAR Service Providers from health, justice, military, housing, workforce, domestic violence, and other systems; SSA and DDS representatives; stakeholders with an interest in homelessness, disability and trauma.




Available Files
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Slide Presentation 2.06 MB
Decisional Balance Worksheet 6.73 KB
GAINS Trauma Principles 276.4 KB


March, 2017

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