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.

The Integration of Anti-Racism into Trauma-Informed Care Training: Process and Discoveries

Reflections on the Process and Outcomes

Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain, Connecticut. She is also part of the Traumatic Stress Institute team and a member of the Advisory Council for this revision of the Risking Connection® curriculum. Pat wrote two blog posts to describe the group’s process and its outcomes. Click the buttons at right to read more.

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Meredith Reese, LPC, is the Chief Integrated & Behavioral Health Officer for Vista Maria, a multifaceted social service agency in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and has been with her agency since 2003. In her current role, she is responsible for the integration of mental health and physical health services on campus serving all youth in care. She is passionate about raising awareness to stand against human trafficking through community advocacy and presentations. Meredith has been an RC Associate Trainer since 2018 and was a participant on the Advisory Council on this curriculum revision project.

Meet the RC Anti-Racism Advisory Council

Aminah Ali, LMFT
Foster Care and PPSP, Klingberg

Alesia Starks, LMFT
Independent Faculty Trainer

Meredith Reese, LPC
Vista Maria

Darren Pight
Raymond Hill School, Klingberg 

Angie Doi, MSCP
Independent Faculty Trainer

Tony Weaver
formerly of St. Anne’s Family Services

Alisha McLean
Yukon Government, Canada

Pat Wilcox, LCSW
TSI, Klingberg Family Centers

Mary Jo Harwood, LSW
TSI, Klingberg Family Centers

Juwana Hall, LSW
formerly of TSI, Klingberg

Steve Brown, Ph.D.
TSI, Klingberg Family Centers

John Engel
TSI, Klingberg Family Centers

About the Traumatic Stress Institute

The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers promotes excellence in trauma-informed services both within Klingberg and to organizations nationally and internationally who treat clients with histories of psychological trauma and attachment disruptions.

TSI helps organizations foster trauma-sensitive treatment cultures, increase clinical expertise, achieve positive lasting results with difficult clients, and develop a stable and well-trained work force. Through training and consultation, TSI has assisted organizations in reducing restraints and seclusions, decreasing staff turnover, operating more effectively within an increasingly competitive marketplace, and improving outcomes for children and families. TSI partners with organizations at many levels, including: whole system transformations to trauma-informed care; customized training and consultation on specific topics; and evaluation and consultation regarding the treatment of individual clients.

About Risking Connection® (RC) Training

When a child depends on a caretaker for nurturance and love, they should not be taking a risk. If hurt and betrayed in those relationships, making future connections as a teenager or adult require risking disappointment at minimum, if not shame, loss, and further trauma. Many people in the human service system have been hurt and betrayed many times — by parents, by other caretakers, by the system itself.

To heal, a traumatized person must risk connecting with caring helpers who are different from those of their past. Yet, there are many reasons why people would not take that chance. Over time, however, through the experience of RICH® relationships — those that demonstrate Respect, Information, Connection, and Hope — people can learn to put their trust in helpers and move beyond the wounds of the past.