The uniqueness of the Trauma Toolbox is its focus on practical tools that are sustainable over time. Both the live trainings and the online course will be organized into modules that concentrate on “boots on the ground” ideas that will improve programs outcome standards, increase permanency in care, and decrease the re-traumatization of children and adults accessing care. 

The Trauma Toolbox is a comprehensive delivery of trauma-informed trainings that will target foster parents and professionals that are key stakeholders in San Luis Obispo’s human services system of care.

According to the California Mental Health Planning Council report on Trauma-Informed Care in California: A Snapshot, "Trauma is a widespread, harmful, and costly public health problem.” Trauma has no boundaries and affects children and adults from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. It is one of the common denominators for individuals receiving services from social services organizations and it's impact is clearly seen in correctional institutions, jails, schools, hospitals, and the workplace.

Trauma is defined as a distressing or disturbing experience. When it is chronic and untreated, it becomes Toxic Stress and has serious impact on individual health, social and cultural structure, and economic stability. It adversely affects children’s physical and mental health and can result in death. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study:

The connection between traumatic childhood experiences and physical and emotional health outcomes was dramatically exposed in the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) conducted by Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California. The study was one of the largest of its size with 17,000 participants, each of whom completed 10 questions on the number of adverse experiences they suffered while growing up . Two-thirds of the participants reported at least one ACE that included:

  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Emotional or physical neglect
  • Growing up in a household where someone was an alcoholic, drug user, mental ill, or suicidal
  • Family violence
  • Incarcerated family member

Individuals who had 4 or more ACES had an increased use of smoking, alcoholism, street drug use, and suicide. Additionally, these individuals suffered from physical issues ranging from high blood pressure to obesity to cancer and more. 

This study sparked a nation-wide interest in the impact of trauma on public health and has increased the awareness of siloed human services delivery. Despite this new understand, parents and professionals are struggling with how to use the information in a practical, real way. 

Participants of the Trauma Toolbox Training will be able to 

  • Define and identify the different types of trauma and it’s prevalence in society.
  • Understand the significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and it’s effects in various standards of care. 
  • Walk away with a greater insight into trauma-informed care in work and living environments and 
  • Know how to implement Trauma SAFE programs, policies and practices.
  • Develop new skills for immediate application in the home and workplace. 
  • Create a personal plan for self-care. 
  • Identify local resources for additional support and treatment of trauma.

The Trauma Toolbox is Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services

What's included?

33 Videos
8 Multimedia
25 Texts
31 PDFs

Course Curriculum

Ron Huxley, LMFT
Ron Huxley, LMFT
Lead Family Healer

About the instructor

Ron Huxley is a dynamic and innovative educator. He travels internationally training parents and professionals on how to find more freedom and joy in their lives. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in private practice, on the Central Coast of California, USA with almost three decades of experience.

Ron blogs on trauma-informed care and inner healing at and he is the author of the book "Love and Limits: Achieving a Balance in Parenting", "101 Parenting Tools: Building the Family of Your Dreams" and the ebook "Living Abundantly." He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows as an expert in the field of mental health and trauma-informed care. 

Follow Ron on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Linkedin.

Are You Ready To Be More Trauma-Informed?

Start Now!