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  • Writer's pictureChristine Cowart

Welcome to the TiDCo Blog!

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

As I sit here an breathe in the crisp, fall air, I am overcome with gratitude and awe.

What a year it's been! Janet and I founded Trauma-informed Design Consultants at the beginning of the year, and have been running full-steam ever since! Here's an overview of what we've been up to lately!

Introducing Boston Architecture College TiD Course!

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Trauma-informed Design (TiD) Course through Boston Architecture College (BAC) this Spring! This course, which is being offered through the Design for Human Health Masters Program, is the first of its kind! The course will introduce the TiD approach, what trauma is, and why it matters in design, and students will investigate the benefits and methods of applying TiD design imperatives to any design project, at any scale. The class is available to currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, BAC alumni, and industry professionals seeking a continuing education opportunity.

Presentation and Speaking Engagements

Trauma-Informed Schools Institute

This week, we'll be presenting on Trauma-informed Design for Schools at the Resilience Impact Trauma-Informed Schools Institute Conference. The virtual presentation on November 17, 2023 will be geared to school administrators and educators, to provide them first-hand access to the Trauma-informed Design Society's award-winning, groundbreaking Trauma-informed Design Evaluation Tool for K-12 Schools (TiDEvalK12).

American Society of Interior Designers' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

We will be joining the American Society of Interior Designers' (ASID's) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee on December 1, 2023, to discuss how Trauma-informed Design must actively identify inequities and seek to dismantle them through the creation of healing places

partnered with the provision of trauma-informed care. We are honored to have been asked to lead this conversation, in furtherance of the Society's and Committee's commitment to "peacefully unite people in difference and diversity for the dismantlement of all forms of discrimination to include racism."

Upcoming Projects

Bringing TiD to a Behavioral Health Center in Cape Cod

We are partnering with a Bay Cove Human Services to transform a newly acquired medical office in Hyannis, Massachusetts into a trauma-informed designed center for behavioral health services. Bay Cove Human Services’ mission is to partner with people to overcome challenges and realize personal potential. The new 8,000 square foot behavioral health facility will be home to a mobile crisis response unit, an 8-bed inpatient crisis stabilization unit, and outpatient therapeutic services. We are excited to help them create a welcoming and soothing environment that will help clients and staff better regulate their high levels of stress.

Coming Soon....

We are currently working to secure a few more interesting partnerships and projects that we hope to reveal soon, so watch this space!

Reading Corner: Recent Press

Positive News: Buildings that Heal

Christine Cowart, one of our co-founders, and Dr. J. Davis Harte, co-founder of the Trauma-informed Design Society, were interviewed by Ermine Saner in her article on the TiD movement, which "has emerged to counterbalance dehumanising design."

Psychology Today: How School Design Can Help Children Feel Safe

Erin Peavey, wrote an article for Psychology Today on how TiD can help children feel safe in schools and improve educational outcomes, based on the Trauma-informed Design Society's research and Trauma-informed Design Evaluation Tool for K-12 Schools (TiDEvalK12).


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