Helga Luest, MA, CC-P

Trauma and Communications Expert

Helga Luest is the creator of TraumaInformed.org and companion professional groups called Trauma Informed on LinkedIn and Facebook. She has particular knowledge and expertise in trauma informed approaches, behavioral health responses to trauma, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, combat stress, trauma specific to mass violence and school shootings, criminal justice, victim services, and domestic violence and related litigation abuse. She is also a subject matter expert on numerous behavioral health issues and evidence-based pathways to healing. Following the passage of two federal resolutions (House and Senate) supporting trauma informed care that Helga co-authored, she was asked to help organize and serve the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus. She currently serves the Montgomery County Mental Health Advisory Committee as vice chair and chairs the suicide prevention subcommittee. Helga currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice and previously served on the Maryland Governor’s Family Violence Council. Helga also developed an evidence-based health frame for climate mitigation and adaptation recommendations for Montgomery County, MD that is serving as a model for other communities to replicate to stimulate climate action.


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