About Us

About Us

Who We Are

We are the Society for Trauma Education and Empowered Recovery (STEER). As the world's leading provider of education and comprehensive trauma recovery, we translate research and trends into actionable solutions that helps individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change.

History

Our story began when a church in our home town was traumatized by an armed gunman. Like most communities, ours came together to help those traumatized and experiencing hardship. Politicians and business leaders held the community in their thoughts and prayers, but soon thereafter it became clear we were on their own. Social safetynets, referral networks, and traditional insurance failed to provide meaningful trauma recovery, leaving families vulnerable to depression, addiction, and financial hardship.

We started by creating the nation's first workplace violence and infectious disease benefit. It has now evolved into Trauma Coverage which helps individuals and families receive comprehensive trauma recovery through affordable insurance underwritten by one of the oldest and best known insurance companies–Lloyd’s of London.

We collect information from a wide range of resources regarding traumatic incidents which allows us to serve as the leading resource for research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives, and program information. With these resources, we assist coalitions, advocates, and others interested in understanding and eliminating traumatic incidents.

We have an active and diverse Advisory Council that assists and advises staff and ensures a broad national perspective. We also enjoy strong partnerships with trade unions, anti-assault coalitions and allied organizations.

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Guiding Principles

Our mission is to prevent traumas through education and provide traumatized families financial security, physical recuperation, and emotional well-being.

We envision a less violent world where diversity is celebrated and all people are treated with dignity and respect.

We believe that through collaboration, prevention strategies, and comprehensive trauma recovery, we are making the world safer and healthier.

Philosophy
We understand trauma is an overarching term that includes an array of behaviors, both physical and non-physical, that constitute unwanted or age-inappropriate activity and can impact people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, identity, etc.

We believe traumas are rooted in power inequities and is connected to other forms of oppression including ableism, adultism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, the basis of religion, and other constructs that value certain people or groups over others.

We use our national leadership position to promote a greater understanding of traumas and how to prevent them.

Prevention
We believe traumas are preventable. We understand traumas to be a social justice, public health, criminal justice, and human rights issue. We bring the tools, research, and resources of each of these areas of expertise to promote a unified movement.

We believe having open and factual conversations, educating about healthy relationships, engaging and informing bystanders, and similar strategies contribute to positive and sustainable societal changes.

We believe efforts should simultaneously address the needs of those who have been victimized; treat, manage, and successfully reintegrate individuals who offend; and build the capacity of individuals, groups, and communities to prevent traumas before they occur.

Response
We believe it is imperative to improve responses to those who have been victimized by traumas to ensure they are believed, helped, and supported throughout their recovery process.

We recognize survivors are resilient and often find strength at individual, relationship, community, and societal levels following traumas. We understand survivors are unique in how they experience traumas and the outcomes they desire in terms of justice, services, and support.

We promote responses that are informed by the strengths and needs of survivors and that honor their voices, cultures, choices, and priorities. The quality of response to survivors by loved ones, professionals, social systems, the media, and organizations impacts their healing and also signals to other survivors and potential offenders about our societal values and commitment to safety and respect.

Collaboration
We believe communication among advocates, researchers, funders, public health professionals, policymakers, culturally specific community-based programs, offender treatment and management professionals, national partners, and other key players is critical in creating opportunities for positive changes.

We also work with media to better inform the public of their role and responsibility in preventing traumas.

Resources
We believe everyone should have access to information that will allow them to build programs and policies to end traumatic incidents and serve those who have been impacted. We act as a communication hub, connecting people with the information, resources, tools, and expertise needed to effectively address and prevent traumas in all communities.

We are committed to ensuring access to quality resources for all children, teens, young adults, adults, and people in later life. We use traditional and online forms of communication to create communities of support for preventing traumatic incidents.

Research
We believe all efforts to respond to and prevent traumatic incidents must be supported by research. We maintain an extensive library and virtual information bank of current statistics, research, information, speakers, and tools on a wide variety of topics pertaining to traumatic incidents. We assist programs in accessing and contributing to a body of evidence that strengthens our collective efforts.

Mission

Our mission is to prevent traumas through education and provide traumatized families financial security, physical recuperation, and emotional well-being.

Vision

We envision a less violent world where diversity is celebrated and all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Guiding Principles

We believe that through collaboration, prevention strategies, and comprehensive trauma recovery, we are making the world safer and healthier.

Philosophy
We understand trauma is an overarching term that includes an array of behaviors, both physical and non-physical, that constitute unwanted or age-inappropriate activity and can impact people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, identity, etc.

We believe traumas are rooted in power inequities and is connected to other forms of oppression including ableism, adultism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, the basis of religion, and other constructs that value certain people or groups over others.

We use our national leadership position to promote a greater understanding of traumas and how to prevent them.

Prevention
We believe traumas are preventable. We understand traumas to be a social justice, public health, criminal justice, and human rights issue. We bring the tools, research, and resources of each of these areas of expertise to promote a unified movement.

We believe having open and factual conversations, educating about healthy relationships, engaging and informing bystanders, and similar strategies contribute to positive and sustainable societal changes.

We believe efforts should simultaneously address the needs of those who have been victimized; treat, manage, and successfully reintegrate individuals who offend; and build the capacity of individuals, groups, and communities to prevent traumas before they occur.

Response
We believe it is imperative to improve responses to those who have been victimized by traumas to ensure they are believed, helped, and supported throughout their recovery process.

We recognize survivors are resilient and often find strength at individual, relationship, community, and societal levels following traumas. We understand survivors are unique in how they experience traumas and the outcomes they desire in terms of justice, services, and support.

We promote responses that are informed by the strengths and needs of survivors and that honor their voices, cultures, choices, and priorities. The quality of response to survivors by loved ones, professionals, social systems, the media, and organizations impacts their healing and also signals to other survivors and potential offenders about our societal values and commitment to safety and respect.

Collaboration
We believe communication among advocates, researchers, funders, public health professionals, policymakers, culturally specific community-based programs, offender treatment and management professionals, national partners, and other key players is critical in creating opportunities for positive changes.

We also work with media to better inform the public of their role and responsibility in preventing traumas.

Resources
We believe everyone should have access to information that will allow them to build programs and policies to end traumatic incidents and serve those who have been impacted. We act as a communication hub, connecting people with the information, resources, tools, and expertise needed to effectively address and prevent traumas in all communities.

We are committed to ensuring access to quality resources for all children, teens, young adults, adults, and people in later life. We use traditional and online forms of communication to create communities of support for preventing traumatic incidents.

Research
We believe all efforts to respond to and prevent traumatic incidents must be supported by research. We maintain an extensive library and virtual information bank of current statistics, research, information, speakers, and tools on a wide variety of topics pertaining to traumatic incidents. We assist programs in accessing and contributing to a body of evidence that strengthens our collective efforts.

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