Trauma Informed Approach (TIA) Framework
Knowledge, Action, Healing.


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LBCC aims to implement an equity-minded institution-wide Trauma-Informed Approach to increase student success. Realizing the impact of trauma on our student population and the effect secondary trauma has on our faculty, staff, and administration, LBCC is committed to recognizing signs of trauma in all community members and responding appropriately with evidenced-based strategies for building resilience and growth. Additionally, LBCC aims to reduce community re-traumatization through training and responsiveness by implementing inter-departmental multi-pronged strategies including trauma-focused educational programming to produce a trauma-informed workforce to benefit the larger community. 

Specifically, through these efforts we aim to: 

  1. Increase sensitivity, and awareness, of the impact of trauma on students’ educational journey, and particularly the impact of intersecting identities of vulnerable populations. 
  2. Increase access to on campus resources and support for students who have experienced trauma. 
  3. Equip employees with strategies to incorporate trauma informed practices in the delivery of services and pedagogy to improve responsiveness to the impact of trauma. 
  4. Equip employees with strategies to manage the impact of vicarious trauma (e.g., compassion fatigue, burnout) 
  5. Advance the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan by specifically supporting the strategy to “invest in trauma-informed training and resources for all employees”. 
  6. Identify opportunities to leverage existing partnerships to gain momentum in the implementation of a responsive trauma informed approach.

“As you focus on clearing your generational trauma, don’t forget to claim your generational strengths. Your ancestors gave you more than just wounds.”

- Xavier Dagba


Virtual WAVE Workshops with Dr. Paul Gallagher

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  • Post-Traumatic Growth
    Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Trauma and Frontline Workers Part II
    Thursday, March 21st, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Peacemaking Circles with Dr. Thomas Reed

  • Tuesday, February 13th from 4:40pm – 6:10pm 
  • Tuesday, March 12th from 4:40pm – 6:10pm 
  • Tuesday, April 9th from 4:40pm – 6:10pm 
  • Tuesday, May 14th from 4:40pm – 6:10pm

LOCATION: LAC, Social Justice Intercultural Center (lower level of Building E)

Resiliency Training with Vanessa Garcia

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  • Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Expanding Mental Health Awareness with Dr. Mark Ragins, M.D.

Expanding Mental Health Awareness Flyer

  • Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, 3:00pm – 4:40pm
  • Location: LAC-P113

Facilitator Biographies

Nikita Gupta

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Nikita Gupta, MPH has been a healing space facilitator for over 25 years. She specializes in bringing Trauma-Healing practices and frameworks to Campus communities. As a former UCLA Resilience Coach and Educator, her mission is to support for Students, Educators, Staff and Administrators in integrating practices for healing, restoration and collective care within institutional spaces. Her work is rooted in neurobiology, somatic wellness, and social justice. Through this work, Nikita aims to foster a culture of embodied joy as we bravely move through the unknown.

Dr. Thomas Reed

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Lukwe’tiyó is his Oneida name, which means, “He is a Good Man.” His English name is Dr. Thomas James “TJ” Reed. Dr. Reed has a PhD in Leadership Studies and Organizational Consulting (2021) and did his dissertation on Oneida college lacrosse players’ perspectives on the sacred game of lacrosse using talking circles. TJ is an Assistant Professor teaching in American Indian Studies at CSULB, an Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School teaching Restorative Justice in Indigenous Communities, and a practitioner of Community Peacemaking around North America.

Dr. Paul Gallagher

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Dr. Paul Gallagher is a Trauma Education Officer at WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WAVE is the largest victim support group in the region and supports those who were most affected by the period of violent political conflict, commonly known as the “Troubles”. Paul was injured in a gun attack at his home in 1994, which left him with permanent life-changing injuries. He now uses this experience to inform his work in developing a more trauma informed society. WAVE’s educational pathway is open to victims and survivors and also frontline workers in fields such as nursing, social work, education, medicine and more. This is in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate pathways in Trauma Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and University College Cork, respectively. Paul achieved his undergraduate degree in Trauma Studies from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2016. He followed this pathway through Queen’s with an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice in 2017 before completing his Doctorate in Sociology in 2021.

Workshop Recordings

LBCC President taskforce 2020

Intro to Trauma

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Intergenerational Trauma

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Trauma and Frontline Workers

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Trauma Healing Tool Kit

LBCC Students can view Trauma Healing Tool Kit below

Included below are curated links to provide trauma relief through trauma-informed resources prepared by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to support the individual wellness journey.

CCC Wellness course

What is emotional and physical trauma?

APA-Evidence based practices for trauma relief

Vision Resource Center


This tab offers a variety of resources to learn more about trauma and its impact both generally and for vulnerable populations. We have also curated a list of resources for faculty to consider strategies to create trauma-responsive classroom environments.

General Information on Trauma Informed 

Employee Assistance Program at LBCC (EAP)

Mental Health Resource Guide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Hotline

Foster Youth Resources

Veterans Resources

Formerly incarcerated/Systems Impacted Resources

Cultural/heritage Communities Resources 

Higher Education Faculty

Women & Abuse 

Sexual Trauma 

WAVE Trauma Centre 


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