Comprehensive Model for Community Mental Health

Resilient Sonoma

Hanna Institute has partnered with the International Trauma Center to build and implement Resilient Sonoma, a comprehensive model for community mental health that provides a cost-effective continuum of evidence-based trauma-informed care training and consultation.

Rooted in the Self-Healing Communities model, Resilient Sonoma develops strong networks of collaboration to support trauma recovery and promote individual and community resilience.  Our efforts take shape and are resourced in a variety of ways, including the following.

Film, Speaker Series

Community gatherings provide an opportunity for information sharing, learning and connection. Our film screening and speaker series enable the development of common language, the surfacing of innovative ideas and the cultivation of non-traditional partnerships.

Recent screenings of Resilience and Paper Tigers have allowed us to share and learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), trauma, and recovery.

We work to bring intellectual resources to our community through our Speakers Series.  Speakers have included:

  • Dr. Robert Anda (ACEs)
  • Dr. Laura Porter (Self-Healing Communities)
  • Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (Center For Youth Wellness)
  • Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Ministries),
  • MC Yogi
  • Villy Wang (BAYCAT)
  • Ashanti Branch (Ever Forward)

Trainings, Consultations, Conferences

Trauma Informed Care Certification Program

Shortly before the fires of 2017, we launched a year long battery of courses in Trauma Informed Care. The result was capacity building throughout our region, with over 50 schools and 300 professionals trained in collaboration with the Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma County Department of Public Health, and more.

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We have trained or provided consulting services to over 100 agencies throughout Northern California around TIC practices and disaster resiliency. These have included training efforts in response to the 2017 October Wild Fires. Agency who have received or are currently receiving training or consulting services include:

  • California HOPE
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
  • Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Sonoma County Office of Resiliency and Recovery
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District
  • Joseph Health
  • Health Care Foundation Northern Sonoma County – Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative
  • California Parenting Institute
  • Valley Vibes
  • Social Advocated for Youth (SAY)


We have presented at a series of conferences around the country speaking to aspects of our work around self-healing communities in Sonoma Valley.

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Conference (Santa Rosa, CA, 2017)
  • National ACEs Conference (San Francisco, 2018)
  • Beyond Consequences: Trauma Informed Schools Conference (Sacramento, 2018)
  • International Institute of Restorative Practices World Conference (Detroit, 2018)

Early Education

Sonoma Charter School

Funded by Gary and Marcia Nelson since 2016, this program involves a complete school transformation including providing Licensed Clinician on-site, Ongoing Teacher Development, In-Classroom Behavior Assessment, KINNECT – a pro-social arts based intervention for students in 4thand 5thgrade, and RAINBOWDANCE* – an expressive arts therapy for students TK-3rd.

*Harvard assessment recently declared RAINBOWDANCE Evidence Based in regulating Social Emotional Learning in conjunction with a rise in academics

Toddler & Me

In collaboration with HeART Without Borders and the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, this 10 week pilot built healthy relationships between caregiver and child using Rainbowdance, Arts Based skill building, and more.

Latinx Community

Immigration Events

In Spring of 2016, we collaborated with La Luz Community Center, Nuestra Voz, and the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIIBA) to hold a series of KNOW YOUR RIGHTS events around the topic of Immigration.

AVANCE Program

In collaboration with La Luz, we host the AVANCE family training program for Spanish speaking families and their children.

Promotores de Salud / Community Health Workers

We are currently collaborating with the Center For Youth Wellness and Latino Service Providers on translating and including Trauma Informed Care 101 in their Community Health Workers training, which supplies peer to peer support within Spanish speaking neighborhoods throughout Sonoma County.


Tipping Point Community

A 2 year initiative to collaborate with Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Sonoma Valley Non-Profits, and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Clinic to

Vintners Association 

A collaboration with La Luz and Raizes Collective to translate ACEs material and create a series of culturally sustaining workshops for Spanish speaking community

Kaiser Permanente

To hold Spanish language community education events around the effects of Trauma and Stress on Mental/Behavioral Health

Dana Yoga Foundation

To help train more early childhood professionals in the expressive arts therapy RAINBOWDANCE

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