What We’re Doing

September 2018-June 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with Natural Wisdom Counseling LLC, is developing and implementing a two-part trauma-informed curriculum and training for agencies and organizations working with children and families.

The Core Curriculum on trauma-informed care will be provided for free in each of the five regions during November and December 2018. Additional Core Curriculum trainings will be available upon request before the deadline of June 30, 2019.

The Train-the-Trainer Learning Collaborative will take place January 14, 2019 through May 17, 2019.

Core Curriculum

FREE Full-Day Trainings

The Core Curriculum 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.

Train-the-Trainer Learning Collaborative

Ongoing Training and Consultation with stipend

Applications to participate in the Train-the-Trainer Learning Collaborative as an agency seeking trauma-informed organizational change were due December 17, 2018.

Eight agencies were selected for this customized program. Selected agencies were provided with a contract by January 4, 2019. Agencies commit two (2) staff/faculty/admin members to participate regularly in the Learning Collaborative, as well as co-present content to their organization.

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.

The application process is now COMPLETE!

Click here to view and download the three documents for the application:
Wisconsin Hawthorn Project Learning Collaborative INSTRUCTIONS
Wisconsin Hawthorn Project Learning Collaborative APPLICATION
Wisconsin Hawthorn Project Learning Collaborative RUBRIC

The application and materials were due by the end of the day on Monday, December 17, 2018.

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.

Public Review of Curriculum

Accountability and Integrity to the Community

After each stage of curriculum development, and integration of feedback from the trainings, the curriculum will be posted online public review. Translation is available upon request.

The most recent round of review has ended. A new version of the curriculum will be available by the end of June 2019 in both English and Spanish.


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.