Trauma Informed Champions

The slide decks shared on this page address trauma informed practice generally, and do not specifically speak to large scale, mass violence crisis response. 

What is a “Champion”?

A “Champion”is an individual or individuals who are trained specifically to take on roles such as educator, trainer, mentor, coach and/or advocate for a trauma-informed approach in order to ensure overall sustainability (The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, 2021).


The TSTN has developed resources and training material that will support Champions of trauma informed care as they work to advance the vision of MSU as a trauma informed campus.

Resources include the slide deck shared on this page. This slide deck supports using common language and understanding across the University.  It is a learning resource that is a ‘master’ version of many combined presentations shared by members of the TSTN. It contains information, learning discussions, examples, case studies, and more about the basics of trauma, adverse childhood experiences, burnout/secondary trauma, responding to disclosures, the trauma-informed approach, and the trauma-informed approach’s application to Michigan State University.

Suggestions for Champions using the TSTN Slide Deck:

  • Slides are intended to be used by Champions that have some background or training related to the content. This includes those with academic and professional training in this area and participants in the Learning Community.
  • To prepare for a discussion or training, Champions should consider the needs of the group they are working with and develop learning objectives relevant to the work and needs of the group. With this understanding, review the slides and chose those that will most address the learning objectives. Please note that there are talking points, discussion prompts and suggested activities in the notes section of each slide. Choose examples, case studies, and discussions most applicable to your audience.
  • Curate a presentation by reviewing the slide deck. It is recommended that the slides be opened in the desktop version of PowerPoint. There are features of the presentations that are only viewable in the desktop version.
  • In the notes of each slide, you will find “TITLE. Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Clinical”. Consider the level at which you are prepared to present and the level at which your audience will best understand. For example, we do not recommend that anyone that is not a trained mental health professional use slides about the diagnosis of PTSD, Depression or Anxiety.
  • Careful attention has been paid to not duplicate the work of any campus partners and when there is overlap, to assure that TSTN content aligns with other campus resources. For instance, in some instances slides directly use content from RVSM training.
  • The TSTN has worked to identify sources for content in the slide deck. If you use TSTN slides, please acknowledge either the identified sources or the TSTN.
  • When developing a presentation, always include a slide that includes available supports and resources from the MSU or broader community.
  • Before beginning any discussion or presentation, always acknowledge that talking about trauma can be stressful and triggering. Provide resources and allow participants in any discussion options that include self-care.
  • Be mindful of time constraints and leaving time for discussion or Q&A

Eventually there will be 8-10 sections of the slide deck. They are being added to the web page as they are finalized.


  1. Introduction
  2. Definition of Trauma
  3. Stress Response
  4. Traumatic Stress
  5. Resilience
  6. PTSD
  7. ACEs
  8. The Trauma Informed Approach
  9. Trauma Informed Teaching

The slide deck has been separated into multiple sections to assist you in locating the most relevant material. The slide deck has been separated into sections for easy navigation for Champions. Each slide has a title, and in some instances, there is more than one option for content, or there are multiple slides associated with specific content. Please review this diagram for some hints about navigating and selecting slides.

diagram with hints about navigating and selecting slides

Special thanks to 2021-2022 School of Social Work Research Scholar, Bailey Akers for her work to develop this TSTN Champion Slide Deck.