The mission of the STRN is to build a team of Somerville community members to respond when a traumatic event involving youth occurs in the city. We train, organize and maintain readiness of a team of volunteers who know our youth through a broad range of contact in the community. Our purpose is to provide supportive and informed responses to our youths' needs related to trauma.
Training: All TRN team members are trained in School and Community-Based Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) which focuses on the mental, physical, behavioral and emotional impact of trauma on youth. We offer several free 3-day trainings a year in basic PTSM to Somerville community members through the Children's Trauma Recovery Foundation, as well as advanced training and skills practice for those who have taken PTSM.
Who's on our Team: People who live and/or work in Somerville and interface with youth:
- school staff and faculty
- guidance counselors
- police officers
- clergy members
- youth workers
- community organizers
- city volunteers
- substance abuse counselors
Our goal is to train and sustain a team made up of all community members who interface regularly with Somerville youth!
Why TRN in Somerville? The city has faced a series of tragedies with the loss of many youth to suicide, drug overdoses, and sudden violent death. Since its inception in the spring of 2004, the TRN has been formally activated three times. TRN members throughout the community also use their skills and knowledge daily to help youth struggling in the aftermath of trauma.
Somerville has a deep commitment to helping its young community. Throughout the city, in various community programs, efforts are being made to hear youth's concerns, to prevent substance abuse, self-injury, and violence, and to engage young people in healthy, protective and positive activities. The TRN is the post-vention part of this larger picture, helping to make connections between trauma survivors and already existing community supports. By providing a supportive presence when the unthinkable happens, we hope to enable the natural resiliency and strengths of youth and the larger community.
STRN SCOPE OF SERVICES
We know that traumatic stress can adversely affect the functioning of individuals in their environments - whether it is learning in school, participating in extracurricular activities or working in a job. The PTSM model can help to expedite natural recovery and accelerate restoration of the normal environment.
The STRN Manager works together with the requesting organization to provide consultation and, if requested and mutually agreeable, to mobilize the team to facilitate 1-3 sessions. It is important to emphasize that the administrator of the organization extending the invitation to the STRN to participate in a postvention remains in charge, unless otherwise specified.
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Questions? If you are interested in becoming a member of the TRN, or are looking for services related to trauma, please contact:
Manager: Patty Contente, LICSW
Address: City Hall Annex 50 Evergreen Avenue
Phone: 617-625-6600, ext. 4325
857-221-0942 (TRN cell)
Email: pcontentesomervillema [dot] gov
Click here for a downloadable brochure on dealing with trauma, its effects, and Somerville community resources