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Trauma Matters


First published in 2002, Trauma Matters is a quarterly publication dedicated to the dissemination of information on trauma and best-practices in trauma-informed care. For questions about Trauma Matters or if you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact our Editor, Alana Valdez,

Are you an expert on trauma, represent an organization providing trauma-informed care, or have lived experience with addiction or trauma? Share your knowledge and insights with our community by submitting articles to Trauma Matters. Whether you have a narrative, research findings, case studies, or best practices to share, your contribution will help us to educate and empower others in the field. Be a part of the conversation that shapes the future of trauma care!

Help shape the future of our publication by filling out our survey. Your insights are invaluable in ensuring that Trauma Matters continues to provide the most relevant and impactful information on trauma.

Trauma Matters Spring 2024

Inside this issue:

  • Rehabilitation by Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC 

  • Grief as Exile by Michael Rowe, PhD

  • Beyond Bars: The Mental Health
    Challenges of Reentry by Eva Michelle Bryant, LMSW 


  • Ask the Experts: An Interview with Tracey Meyers, PsyD

  • Featured Resource: Educated by Tara Westover, MPhil, PhD

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Trauma Matters Winter 2024

Inside this issue:

  • Reflecting on Re-Humanize by Marlee Liss

  • Understanding and Supporting Children Through Trauma: Importance & Strategies

  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Long Term Care Facilities: Overcoming Barriers, Enhancing Care, and Ensuring Accessibility

  • Ask the Experts: An Interview with Brian Hatch

  • Featured Resource: It's Not All About You! by Daniel Cohen

Trauma Matters Fall 2023

Inside this issue:

  • A Journey Like No Other: Trauma and Vulnerabilities Faced by Immigrants

  • Featured Resource: Truth and Repair by Judith Herman

  • CCADV: Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy-Associated Deaths in CT 

  • Ask the Experts: An Interview with Krystal Rich, MSW 

  • From Adverse to Positive Childhood Experiences: Understanding Trauma and Resilience 


Trauma Matters Summer 2023

Inside this issue:

  • Turning Pain Into Purpose

  • Featured Resource: Yin Yoga and Mental Health by Tracey Meyers 

  • Spoken Work Artist; Brandon Leake 

  • Ask the experts: An Interview with Wednesdae Reim Ifrach (they/them) REAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC, NCC, CLAT, LCMHC, LPCC

  • Why Images Matter: Using Art Therapy in a Trauma-Informed Setting 

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