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Published on May 23, 2013
Anna Jennings was a prolific artist and trauma survivor whose history went ignored by the traditional mental health system. Out of her tragic death, and the deaths and abuses of many other trauma survivors, rose a movement to transform all social service systems to be "trauma-informed." That is, to recognize trauma as central to the experience of the vast majority of people receiving services. Over the last 20 years, this movement has made great strides in providing support and assistance to entire systems to become more trauma-informed and to promote healing and resilience for all.
About the Director: Susan Salasin is a pioneer in the area of women, violence prevention and trauma. Her commitment and determination during 40 years with SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and her continuing work are keeping trauma on the public mental health agenda. She created this video for the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma (http://hprt-cambridge.org/about) in collaboration with Andy Blanch and Joan Gillece of NCTIC (National Center for Trauma Informed Care), http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/ and with Leah Harris of NEC (National Empowerment Center). www.power2u.org