The UCSF Trauma Recovery Center Model

The UC San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center opened in 2001 to reach survivors of violent crime from underserved communities, provide trauma-informed healing support, and break cycles of violence. TRCs use a cultural humility approach to provide comprehensive mental health care, case management, and advocacy. We build trust and relationships with survivors by prioritizing what is most important to them.

Data has demonstrated the TRC model is both clinically and cost effective. Replication of the model began in 2013 in California, and has been implemented successfully in cities and regions across the U.S.

The UC San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center Manual: A Model for Removing Barriers to Care and Transforming Services for Survivors of Violent Crime

From the philosophy and organizational structure of a TRC to the nuts-and-bolts tools needed to implement clinical services, this manual provides a comprehensive roadmap for serving survivors of crime from underserved populations.

A downloadable PDF is available here.

Print copies to purchase are available here.

The TRC Technical Assistance Program TRC Model Implementation Guide

While the UCSF TRC Manual provides an in-depth overview of each aspect of the TRC model, this Implementation Guide contains sample protocols and clinical documents to support the development and management of a new Trauma Recovery Center. These are resources for the “nitty gritty” aspects of developing a TRC, including hiring staff, establishing program eligibility, managing client flow, conducting a comprehensive intake assessment, and many other aspects of running a successful program.

If you are currently receiving TRC technical assistance and want to access to the password-protected PDF, please click here.

The Technical Assistance Program

The Technical Assistance Program team works with new and developing Trauma Recovery Centers. Through training, consultation, and access to a learning community, we help new TRCs succeed in their mission.

If you are currently receiving TRC technical assistance and want to access password-protected resources, please click here.

If you are interested in implementing the TRC Model, please click here to contact the technical assistance team.


The National Alliance of Trauma Recovery Centers

The mission of the NATRC is to advocate and increase access to trauma-informed quality care for all people impacted by violence and systemic inequities. Our vision is a world where every survivor of violence gets the help they need to heal. Our diverse national network includes TRCs that are hospital-based, community-based, and/or university-affiliated.

For more information, please click here to go to the NATRC website.