The Traumatic Stress Institute fosters the transformation of organizations and service systems to trauma-informed care (TIC) through the delivery of whole-system consultation, professional training, coaching, and research.

2021 Webinars-Only View

Risking Connection (RC) Webinars are available only to RC Trainers and Champions at our Client Agencies; they are not open to the public. RC Trainers must attend at least two RC events per year. Eligible events include RC Webinars, Recertification (due every two years), Day of Learning and Sharing, and RC Train-the-Trainer. Champions have no requirement but are welcome to attend.

RC Webinar - Can our COVID-19 Experience Increase Compassion for and Connection with our Clients?

March 23, 2021

We have all had to endure many changes and stressors during the pandemic crisis. Since we have no way to avoid experiencing this, how can we use our experiences to enhance our clinical compassion? Participants will examine their experiences during this crisis and consider what they can learn from them. As we allow ourselves to explore in-depth, we can develop a more visceral understanding of our clients’ everyday world. How can we translate this new awareness into changed practices for our work?

RC Webinar - Understanding Dysregulated and Aggressive Behavior: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective

June 8, 2021 – extended time

Aggressive behavior–along with other types of dysregulated behavior–can be motivated and precipitated by a variety of factors.  Understanding the needs met by the behavior as well as the underlying neurological factors that may lead to dysregulation and aggression is an essential element in developing effective interventions.  This webinar will examine some of the different pathways that lead to aggressive behavior in the clients we see and discuss options for assessing and treating dysregulated and aggressive behavior, especially for those clients who have been unresponsive to more typical behavior management approaches.

RC Webinar - Widening the Window of Tolerance: Strategies for Individual and Collective Healing

August 26, 2021

In many ways the world shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As trauma professionals, we can see this as a healthy and adaptive response. But to effectively manage stress and heal trauma (especially during a global pandemic), we must also open up – by widening our individual and collective windows of tolerance.

This webinar will take a deeper look at the neurobiological window of tolerance (WOT), which represents an individual’s optimal zone of physiological arousal. In short, a wide window supports a normal threat response, executive function, social engagement, regulation, and resilience.  A narrow window, on the other hand, leads to a malfunctioning threat response, disruption of both social engagement and executive function, dysregulation, and less resilience.

RC Webinar - Using “Stay Interviews” to Motivate Staff Engagement and Facilitate Staff Retention

Rescheduled date: November 11, 2021

The most valuable relationship in any organization is the one between manager and team member. Managers in programs that work directly with clients work side-by-side with these team members daily and significantly impact their development, environment, and experiences. When an organization operates from a strengths-based rather than a deficit mindset and embraces the diverse, unique talents of its staff, creativity and innovation is abundant.

One concrete method for building a strong relationship between manager and staff is the “stay interview”. Rather than only conducting exit interviews when some decided to leave, a stay interview is a proactive way to engage staff around why they do stay and would continue to stay in their job in the future.

RC Webinar - Teaching Risking Connection with an Anti-Racist Lens: Introducing a NEW Resource for RC Trainers and Champions

December 9, 2019

Due to COVID-19 this training will be held virtually.

Like so many institutions, the Traumatic Stress Institute has set a strategic priority on embodying anti-racism in our organizational culture. Like others, we are inspired by the racial reckoning of the past year. And, like so many, we acknowledge the blind spots of our whiteness that have only now spurred us to make this a high priority.

We are determined to do better — not by short term actions in reaction to the moment, but rather by steady, continuous, long-term learning, self-examination, and through–most importantly–action.

One of our first actions is the creation of new supplement to the Teaching Manual for Risking Connection called “Teaching Risking Connection with and Anti-Racist Lens.” In collaboration with an Advisory Committee made up of RC Trainers and Champions with diverse racial and ethnic identities, we are currently writing this supplement.  It is NOT meant to replace the Teaching Manual, but rather offer insights and strategies to weave an anti-racist mindset into your teaching.

This important webinar will introduce the resource to our RC community. It will discuss the process that went into creation of the resource, review its content, and talk about how it can be used to deepen your RC teaching.  PLEASE JOIN US!!