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Maine Correctional Center, Photo Courtesy of SMRT

About TiD Society

Trauma-informed Design

Our physical environment can impact our emotions and behaviors, both negatively and positively.  They have the ability to increase or reduce our stress.  The spaces in which we live and receive services can communicate safety and promote supportive relationships, or they can symbolize lack of dignity and agency, encouraging re-traumatization.

Trauma-informed design (TiD) is about integrating the principles of trauma-informed care, as originally established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and continually evolving, into design.  The goal is to create physical spaces that promote safety, well-being, and healing.  This requires realizing how the physical environment affects identity, worth, and dignity, and how it promotes empowerment.

In order to truly create a space that will support healing in survivors, it is important to cultivate an understanding of the people who will use the space, their identities, culture, and what is important to them, as well as the surrounding community.  That understanding can then be used to anticipate and mitigate potential triggers, maximize choice, and create a safe, comfortable environment.  As the users of the space develop a sense of safety, they can build resilience, strengthen their ability to emotionally regulate, and better access new opportunities.

Our Mission

The Trauma-informed Design Society is a transdisciplinary team with a focus on turning research into practice, and back into research. Located across the United States, the Society merges the co-founders’ extensive experience in human services and interior design with an understanding of trauma science, to help organizations implement a trauma-informed approach in their services and create stress-reducing physical spaces.

Our Focus

We focus on ensuring that Trauma-informed Design practitioners have access to the latest research and resources so they can apply TiD to their projects with fidelity.

To reach this goal, we operate in four main spheres:

Research

Researching trauma-informed design principles and practices, conducting studies to demonstrate their effectiveness, and compiling resources for practitioners

Standards

Developing a standard for the provision of effective, evidence-based TiD services

More information on this exciting development coming soon!

Professional Development

Cultivating rewarding professional development opportunities for professionals who work in this space

Consulting

Direct trauma-informed care and design project consultation services

Our Co-Founders

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Janet E. Roche, MDS CAPS

Trauma-informed Designer

Janet is a co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Design Society (TiDs). She is a leader in designing for health and wellness and is faculty at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) where she has taught Environmental Health, Human Conditions + Design, and, currently,  Biophilia. She also sits as the BAC’s current Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council.

Christine Cowart, MA

Trauma-Informed Consultant

Christine Cowart is a dually-certified trauma professional and a member of the ACEs Connection’s Speakers and Trainers Bureau. She has built a career as a policy analyst in the human services field, with a focus on justice systems and family services. Through this work, she developed an in-depth understanding of trauma, its possible effects, and what can be done to change the story.

J. Davis Harte, PhD, WELL AP

Director and Faculty, Design for Human Health MDS, Design Studies, The Boston Architectural College

Davis Harte is a leader in health and wellbeing design. She is the Director and Faculty of the Design for Human Health master’s program at the Boston Architectural College. She is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) – a health and well-being credential that denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard.

Our Commitment

With the Society’s involvement, you can rest easy knowing that you are receiving the best-of-the-best in this field.  As leaders of one of the only trauma-informed design organizations in the world, our knowledge of this burgeoning field enables us to provide a service to your firm which will be uniquely beneficial for each specific project and the occupants it will serve.  We bring empathy, while using evidence-based design practices to enhance the experience of the end-user community of the spaces you create.  This results in safe, holistic, soothing, forward-thinking, and potentially award-winning design. With our combined experience, we bring the elusive element of resilience to your projects, resulting in deeply profound and successful designs you can point to and showcase as a symbol of your quality and brand.

Our Research Team

The TiD Society is actively engaged in applying TiD and studying its impacts.

Click below to learn more about our transdisciplinary research team.

TiD Practitioners

Members of the he TiD Society are professionals who work in the field of trauma-informed design or who contribute to the key concepts that define this work.  Click below to learn more about these professionals and their work.

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