Sharing our knowledge.
Helping our community understand trauma-informed care.
Celebrating culture & strength.
Uniting our community through learning and events.
Reaching out.
Empowering kids and families affected by trauma. 

Sharing Our Knowledge, Growing our Influence.

As a leading provider of trauma-informed care training in Sonoma County and Northern California, Hanna Institute is dedicated to advancing nonviolent communication, social justice and trauma recovery. We do this by bringing trauma-informed care to the people and places most impacted by trauma and violence. By raising public awareness, transforming agency practices and culture, and teaching strategies for self-care and recovery, we are helping transform our communities.

To do all of this, we are convening events, training educators and community leaders in trauma-informed care, and partnering with other leading organizations to expand our impact. In 2019 we were proud to host numerous events, bring in great speakers, and reach a wide audience in our community. In 2021 and beyond, Hanna will continue to grow its reach and lead the national effort to bring trauma-informed practices to organizations and communities across our country.

In 2020 we trained more than 500 people, from 40 plus agencies, with over 2,000 hours of trainings.

Sonoma Valley for Healing Justice

Attention high school students! Are you passionate about healing justice and community accountability? Come learn resistance and revolutionary strategies in the form of SELF and COMMUNITY CARE!

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Sonoma Valley for Healing Justice

Join the Hanna Institute Summit @ Home

The 2020 Summit was a huge success — and while we can’t be together in person this year, we’re bringing the Summit straight to you. The 2021 Hanna Institute Summit @ Home will be a free series of virtual presentations and webinars focused on learning new approaches to trauma-informed care. You’ll hear from leading experts, participate in interactive discussions, and join forces with colleagues to help sharpen all of our skills.

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A New Community Health Initiative

Hanna is part of a new network of community leaders in health, education, and trauma-informed care that’s setting out to educate our neighbors about Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how ACEs affects the whole health of a person. Together, we’re aiming improve the lives of kids and adults and build a healthy community where everyone can thrive.


Hanna Takes a Stance Against Racial Inequality

We are outraged and mourning the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police whose job should be to serve and protect. This terrible act illustrates once again that we are not all equal under the law, and that service and protection is not distributed evenly. 

As a community of faith, we pray for Mr. Floyd and his family, and for all victims of anti-black racism and police brutality who are mistreated and killed for the color of their skin. Now more than ever, we must look at the mission of Hanna Boys Center as an instrument for societal change through the youth, families and communities that we aim to serve. We are called to act with justice and stand in solidarity with Black communities as an anti-racist institution. Make no mistake, Black Lives Matter. MORE

How can we help our communities build the resilience that will help everyone, and especially youth, survive and thrive through adversity?

What are Trauma and Resilience?

What is Trauma?

What is TIC?

What is Resilience?

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.
– Adapted from the APA Help Center article, “Recovering emotionally from disaster.”

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Trauma-Informed Practices are tools varied professionals use in their work helping survivors of trauma. By placing an emphasis on a holistic culture of health through collective physical, emotional, mental and spiritual safety, survivors can empower themselves to rebuild their life with a sense of control and purpose.

Resilience is a quality that allows us to adapt in the face of change, cope well with adverse conditions, and remain in present time with emotional equilibrium. Psychologists have identified some of the factors behind resilience, including optimism and the ability to regulate our emotions. Research has shown that many of these factors can be built through restorative practices.

 Partnership with International Trauma Center

ITC is dedicated to advancing nonviolent communication, social justice and trauma recovery. They do this by building the heart of trauma-informed care into social networks most impacted by trauma and exposure to violence. They are dedicated to excellence in the design and development of psychosocial and clinical trauma focused interventions.  

Hanna Institute partners with organizations like International Trauma Center and other leaders in the field of trauma-informed care to provide a range of training, events and outreach.

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