Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia Leads McLean’s New Culturally Informed Trauma Care Program
July 12, 2021
Psychiatrist Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, has been recruited to lead McLean Hospital’s new Program for Culturally and Trauma-Informed Community Outreach.
Moreland-Capuia, an expert in trauma-informed care, specializes in working with underserved populations. She moved from Oregon Health & Science University to join the McLean community this summer.
“All roads lead to trauma, and to the extent that people and systems understand that, is the extent that systems and people can heal,” said Moreland-Capuia. “The goal of the new McLean program is to work with systems and people to do exactly that—understand and heal.
“One part of the program comprises education and training, and the other part is technical coaching. This combination of education, training, and coaching will enable folks to transform their programs, helping them apply a trauma-informed and culturally responsive lens to what they do.”
She said that anyone can be certified as a culturally, trauma-informed agent. A trainee could be a medical professional at a health center or a parent with no formal medical training.
Likewise, any organization can participate, from a small non-profit organization to a Fortune 500 company. Moreland-Capuia was even asked recently to help “develop a trauma-informed Scotland.”
McLean’s new program has already started a collaboration with Roca, an organization that works with justice-involved youth in Massachusetts and Baltimore. Roca helps young men and women “change their behaviors and develop life, education, and employment skills to disrupt the cycles of poverty and incarceration.” McLean’s work with Roca is funded by a generous grant from the Bank of America Foundation.