Gabriella Grant, MA
Gabriella Grant is the director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care. Her background includes heading the nation’s first community corrections-based victim advocacy program and running a three-year project funded by the California Department of Public Health to increase access to domestic violence shelters by women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
The domestic violence shelter project showed that it is possible to increase capacity to serve women with co-occurring disorders by understanding trauma and developing programs that respond to people’s need for safety.
Gabriella brings to the Center a long history of professional experience developing innovative programs for female offenders, crime victims, and domestic violence survivors. Through this work she has also gained an understanding of how program design, policies and procedures can positively affect the people being served.
Gabriella earned her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Gabriella has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels and has trained professionals, advocates and consumers in a wide variety of setting.
The further you run, the closer to home you get.
Taken from the autobiography of Patty Hearst, Patty Hearst Her Story, Patricia Campbell Hearst
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Gabriella shares the incredible story of how she found her way to trauma treatment.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Gabriella shares honestly about often times prioritizing her own needs and her own talking over stopping, checking in with the body of the clients, for the benefit of the group.
Gabriella talks passionately about creating rational public policy that meets the community’s needs within the context of trauma-informed treatment.
- Recognize how important safety is, and that there are two different types of safety. 1) Safety in the present, self-regulation; physical safety, and 2) Emotional safety.
Gabriella’s go-to books
- Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book Of Hope And Understanding, Ed.D. Dusty Miller
- The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), Stephen W. Porges
- Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (Guilford Substance Abuse), Lisa M. Najavits
- Gabriella’s Site: The California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care