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Trauma Informed Care

University Health specializes in treating not only physical trauma, but we are also experts in helping people heal the "invisible wounds" of trauma—the way trauma impacts the brain, behaviors, beliefs, emotions and relationships of not only primary survivors but also of those who care for them.

University Health Behavioral Health remains a leader in the trauma-informed care (TIC) movement and was instrumental in developing the nationally recognized Missouri Model for Trauma-Informed Care.

As an organizational structure and treatment framework, TIC recognizes:

  • The widespread prevalence of traumatic events on individuals, families, communities and nations.
  • The impact, signs and symptoms of trauma.
  • The need for integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices.
  • The importance of actively resisting retraumatization.

Through the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation (CTII), our team utilizes innovative approaches to implement this framework. Rather than serving individuals with behavioral health needs, the CTII serves organizations and systems. The CTII advocates for the well-being of the staff within those organizations. We care for the caregivers.

CTII services

From training, coaching and consulting to product development to systemwide culture change, the CTII team infuses into all the services we deliver: trauma-informed principles, evidence-based and emerging best practices for resilience, passion for innovation, a grounded practice of compassion, and a commitment to health and well-being for all.

If you would like to explore how the CTII could support your organization and initiate systemwide culture change, please email

Mid-America ATTC

The CTII is also the home of the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC). The Mid-America ATTC is a UMKC Health Sciences District collaboration between University Health (UH) Behavioral Health and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies. Mid-America ATTC serves the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

For more information, please visit the Mid-America ATTC website.