About Us

VISSION & Mission

Hanna transforms the lives of youth, families and communities impacted by trauma and adversity through resilience, connection and spiritual wellness.


We envision a world where every child grows up resilient and healthy, regardless of personal circumstances. We raise awareness about child trauma and early adversity while promoting the recovery and growth of individuals, organizations and communities. As a leading provider of trauma-informed care training in Sonoma County and Northern California, Hanna Institute aims to support child- and family-serving systems with resources that build resilience and hope.

We are dedicated to advancing nonviolent communication, social justice and trauma recovery. We do this by building the heart of trauma-informed care into social networks most impacted by trauma and exposure to violence. We believe that raising public awareness, supporting strong parent-child bonds, and teaching strategies for self-care and recovery will enable transformative rebirth in our communities.



Hanna Institute, through its collaboration with International Trauma Center (ITC), provides immersive trainings and dynamic consultation to organizations and individuals seeking to build trauma-informed practices into their work. Course offerings include:

  • Trauma-Informed Care 101 and 102
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Mind-Body Based Practices
  • Skills for Psychological Recovery
  • Trauma-Informed Arts Integration
  • Restorative Practices
  • Rainbowdance

Hanna Institute develops and customizes its offerings to support the unique needs and capacities of each of its partners. Our bilingual and bicultural staff provide trainings in both English and Spanish, and keep cultural relevancy and equity at the center of our approach. Many of our courses are approved for continuing education credit for a variety of professionals.


Hanna Institute has hosted experts and leaders including Jessica Jackson Sloan, Founder of #cut50, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first Surgeon General, and most recently, social equity activist and leader, Dolores Huerta.

The Institute’s commitment to networking events helps build community understanding around trauma and trauma-informed care, and develops deep connection among individuals, organizations and elected officials.


The Institute recently received a Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund grant for $650,000 to help those impacted by the 2017 North Bay fires. With the funding, the Institute brought training and support to more than 100 agencies, including schools, local governments, agencies and non-profits, who in turn were able to help their stakeholders with recovery.

In 2019, Hanna Institute, St. Joseph Health and On The Move were awarded a $234,783 grant to support the development of Resilient Community Schools. By incorporating evidence-based practices and deep school community knowledge, this model will build school capacity to support the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and families.

Since 2018, the Institute has received $40,000 in grant support from the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and Kaiser Permanente to support the linguistic and cultural translation of trainings, workshops and materials covering Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), trauma and toxic stress. With their support, we’ve delivered trainings in Spanish across Sonoma County and partnered with Latino/x-serving agencies to continuously evolve our work and our knowledge.

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