Carey Sipp

Carey Sipp is a seasoned community builder of coalitions and collaborations advancing PACEs Science.


Carey Sipp is a seasoned activist and community builder who uses her skills as a journalist and master weaver of coalitions and collaborations to advance the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences. On the community level she works to help strengthen community, family, and individuals’ resilience to help prevent and heal trauma. Her current focus is consulting with communities to lift up preconception, prenatal, and early relational health. For communities that are serious about seeing their children have the best possible opportunities to succeed. Sipp says that by using the tools, trainings, and resources for “Neuro-Nurturing” developing brains, minds, and bodies, we can help children and parents have the best start together.

Sipp is the former Director of Strategic Partnerships at PACEs Connection. As the southeastern regional Community Facilitator for PACEs Connection, Sipp synergized four decades of experience as an award-winning writer, marketer, fundraiser, and campaigner to support initiatives in 11 states in forming, finding resources, and leveraging opportunities to implement trauma-informed practices. She helped bring more than eighty geographic communities online, and helped create several important interest-based groups including the Trauma-Informed Healthcare Educators and Researchers collaborative, which works to infuse medical schools with PACEs science. Sipp is the author of a book on breaking multi-generational cycles of addiction and abuse, The TurnAround Mom, published in 2007.

Carey Sipp

Author, Advocate, Community Builder, Journalist

Personal Statement

Hi, I'm Carey! For years I've said there is a desperate need for a group of experts to create the common language, definitions, policies, practices, meeting and work norms, ideals and guidelines of what "trauma-informed" is, as it means so many different things to different people. The Trauma Resilient Educational Communities framework goes beyond trauma-informed to deliver a benefit in the guidelines -- the benefit of building in resilience along with the humanity, empathy, kindness, humility, discipline, and curiosity of what it takes for a person and organization to be conscious of not re-traumatizing already traumatized people. It goes beyond this to help us know how to inspire and support resilience in our fellows. This is huge and is a major advancement, especially since the policies and practices have been developed with the needs of some of the most traumatized people among us -- young people in areas rife with gangs, drugs, the seeming need to prove machismo. Making this work relevant to everyone from high school juniors to chief executive officers of major corporations is a heavy lift, and it is one the Trauma Resilient Educational Communities model meets and exceeds. I cannot wait to see the courses to come.