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.

2023 Events 

Please Note:

Only Risking Connection (RC) Basic and Restorative Approach (RA) Basic trainings are open to the public. All other events listed are available only to our Client Agencies. Interested in learning more about our program? Click here for information.


RC Webinar - Addressing Historical and Intergenerational Trauma as RC Treaters

November 14, 2023, 3-4:30 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

Can the traumas experienced by parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents live on in us – particularly if they are unresolved? Yes!

Historical trauma refers to trauma that is experienced by a specific cultural, racial, or ethnic group over a period of multiple generations. It is related to major events that oppressed particular groups of people, including slavery, the Holocaust, forced migration, and the violent colonization of Indigenous Peoples. Intergenerational trauma occurs when the effects of trauma are passed down between generations. The science of epigenetics has contributed greatly to our understanding of the challenges within families and cultures when the effects of oppression and trauma are passed from one generation to the next.

Presenter Information




LaVerne Baker Hotep is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers.  With over 30 years in social service and a special interest in historical and intergenerational trauma, she has co-lead training for various client serving agencies around the country. With members of Mediators Beyond Borders International, LaVerne has co-facilitated trauma response training in Liberia and South Sudan.

Previously, LaVerne served as a Family Development Specialist and Resource Navigator at the Kingsley Association in Pittsburgh, PA, serving Allegheny County’s East Liberty Family Center where she founded and continues to convene Me2 Sister Circle, an international trauma-informed self-care and enrichment group for women.   As former director of community education for the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh, PA, she initiated and convened culturally significant conferences to educate about trauma and its impact in vulnerable communities.

RC Train-the-Trainer

November 7-9, 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

The RC Train-the-Trainer is the avenue by which organizations and systems can implement and sustain trauma-informed care via the RC training program. Organizations that have met the requirements for adopting RC as a training model can train selected staff to be RC Associate Trainers. These trainers train RC within their organization on an ongoing basis. This event is open only to RC Client Agencies. This session available for both those becoming RC Trainers and RC Champions.


RC Webinar - “I’m Not White, I’m Just Me”: How We Develop Our Racial Identity and Why It Matters

December 5, 2023, 3-4:30 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

Please note: The original topic of this RC Webinar has changed, but if you were registered for the prior topic, your registration was automatically transferred to this event.

An important part of how we see ourselves comes from our membership in social groups (gender, race, religion, class, sexual identity, etc.). We talk more today specifically about our racial group identity, but that is relatively recent.

In the past and even still today, many Whites don’t view themselves as even having a race, much less examining how their race makes them who they are. In contrast, from the earliest age, people of color keenly understand they have a race and that it deeply matters in this world.

This webinar will explore how people develop their racial identity. It will focus on White, Black, and Bi-racial groups, looking at models for how racial awareness can grow and change over time. We’ll think about both our own racial development and that of our clients, paying special attention to how this can affect interactions and RICH relationships.

There will be opportunities for self-reflection, discussion with peer RC Trainers and Champions, and examination of a case example or two.

Presenter Information

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. A clinical psychologist, he is a primary architect of TSI’s Whole-System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). In 2020, he authored the adaption of Risking Connection® to organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He is a co-creator, with Dr. Courtney Baker, of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, one of the first psychometric measures of TIC.

Steve trains professionals nationally on psychological trauma and trauma-informed care.  In addition to being a psychologist, he is a long time sexuality educator/trainer and author of Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, a sexuality education curricula used internationally by agencies and schools serving high-risk youth.

LaTasha Reece, M.S., is the Research Associate for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. She assists the Senior Research Coordinator with the aspects of the ARTIC scale product line including assisting client agencies, data collection and management and supporting her TSI team members. LaTasha is a trauma-focused physiologist and quantitative researcher with a background in molecular biology and biotechnology. She is committed to improving the lives of women and children of color via physiological assessment of stressors in the individual and addressing systemic racism in healthcare institutions. 


RC Events – Quick Reference

Monthly RC Mindfulness

Monthly RC Mindfulness sessions are on the first Wednesday of each month, 12:00-12:30 pm ET. Open to ALL STAFF AT ALL RC Agencies – share with your coworkers!


Check out Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! is a department of Klingberg Family Centers that focuses on preventing the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

Find more information about their work and upcoming Circles of Safety trainings below: