FREE Trauma-Informed Curriculum

One of the primary objectives of the 2018-2019 contract for the Wisconsin Hawthorn Project was to develop a freely-available curriculum on trauma-informed care that is tailored for child-and-family-serving agencies in Wisconsin. The curriculum, created by Jessica Dallman, MA, LPC, NCC, is attached below. It includes and introduction to the curriculum, tips on how to use it, and notes for facilitators.

Additional curriculum addenda or curricular modifications were made by participants of the 2019 WHP Learning Collaborative. They are also attached below to exemplify how the curriculum is a living document. Note: The agencies that created the adapted curricula were all compensated with a stipend for their time and work.

Core Curriculum

English Version
Spanish Version

Looking for the playlists created for some musical boosts during set-up, breaks, and closing? Check out the opening playlist, lunch playlist, and closing playlist on Spotify.
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Adapted Curricula

Adapted by Roots4Change Cooperative (en español)
Adapted for use with parents by Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth
Adapted by Wise Women Gathering Place
Adapted by Centro Hispano of Dane County
Adapted by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse
Adapted by Women and Children’s Horizons
Adapted by Iron County Human Services
Adapted by Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Adapted by Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Core Curriculum Trainings

FREE Full-Day Trainings

The Trauma-Informed Care Core Curriculum Training for agencies and organizations working with children and families were initially presented as a full-day training in each of the five regions of Wisconsin.

The primary round of trainings occurred October 29, 2018 - December 5, 2018.
The next round of trainings will take place in each of the five regions between October 28, 2019 and December 6, 2019. More information coming soon.

Train-the-Trainer Learning Collaborative

Ongoing Training and Consultation with stipend

The application process for the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Learning Collaboratives are now OPEN. The 2019-2020 year will welcome our second cohort of Tier 1 Learning Collaborative participants and introduce a Tier 2 component for continued growth and learning.

Five agencies will be selected for each of these customized training programs.
Tier 1 application deadline: end of day Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tier 2 application deadline: end of day Friday, September 6, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and Natural Wisdom Counseling LLC recognize that many agencies and organizations that serve children and families deal with the fallout of pervasive trauma in their clientele, as well as vicarious trauma and burnout, strained budgets, and high client-to-staff ratios. As a result, 30% of the total budget has been set aside for stipends for participating agencies and organizations. The stipend can be used (but is not limited to) to offset travel costs for the Learning Collaborative, as well as towards innovative trauma-informed projects, initiatives, and/or services for staff and/or clients.

Note: All participants from both Tier 1 and Tier 2 Learning Collaboratives will be expected to attend an all-day training on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.

The application materials can be found here:
Tier 1 Learning Collaborative Application Instructions
Tier 1 Learning Collaborative Application Form
Tier 1 Learning Collaborative Scoring Rubric

Tier 2 Learning Collaborative Application Instructions
Tier 2 Learning Collaborative Application Form
Tier 2 Learning Collaborative Scoring Rubric

Community Engagement

Regular Reports

In alignment with SAMHSA’s principles of Trauma-Informed Care, Jessica Dallman will be sending regular newsletters/e-blasts to a)ensure accountability and transparency of progress towards the development of the curriculum content, b)ensure collaboration and feedback from community members who the curriculum and training will ultimately impact, and c)create space to acknowledge the intersectionality between trauma, cultural/racial issues, historical issues, and gender issues.

Curriculum Feedback

WHP aims to compensate community members for feedback and engagement regarding the Core Curriculum and available resources. As a result of the open forum feedback in the spring of 2019, three community members won a $100 gift card. Those community members were: Karen Larson, Marilyn Zupkoff, and Deb Silver.


Who are we Targeting?

Training is geared toward audiences from child and family serving entities including local governmental agencies and private non-profits. Examples of target agencies include county human service organizations, prevention and early intervention agencies, or organizations that serve children and families experiencing risk factors such as poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, and other adverse childhood experiences.

For more information:

Reach out to Jessica Dallman, MA LPC.