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.

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2022 Events 

Please Note:

Only Risking Connection (RC) 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.

August


RC Basic

August 16-18, 2022, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

The Risking Connection (RC) Basic training is an 18-hour foundational trauma training. It is a centerpiece of the Traumatic Stress Institute’s Whole System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care that organizations and service systems can adopt to implement and sustain trauma-informed care.

Please Note:

Because Risking Connection Training is a centerpiece to TSI’s Whole Systems Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care, upon completion of the training, participants are not permitted to use the Risking Connection training as a stand-alone training program within their organizations or communities of care, unless the organization you are affiliated with has also committed to TSI’s Whole-System Change Process. If you are not affiliated with an organization within our network, your participation is an opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge and provide you with a philosophy and method for working with trauma survivors.

RC Recertification

August 25, 2022, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

Presenter Information

Alesia Starks, LMFT

Alesia Starks, LMFT, is a Practitioner Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Faculty Trainer for the Traumatic Stress Institute. Alesia has over 13 years of clinical experience, specializing in multidisciplinary assessment, clinical supervision, and curriculum development. Formerly the Clinical Trainer and Coordinator at Hillsides in Pasadena, California, Alesia also held the position of Interim Program Manager for Outpatient and School-Based Programs. Additional roles have included DBT Therapist and Skills Group Instructor at The Village Counseling and Wellness and  guest lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles School of Psychology. She has designed and taught workshops in such topics as: Domestic Violence, Drug Awareness, Clinical Conceptualization, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Historical Trauma, and Mental Health First Aid.

September


RC Recertification

September 8, 2022, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

Presenter Information

Alesia Starks, LMFT

Alesia Starks, LMFT, is a Practitioner Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Faculty Trainer for the Traumatic Stress Institute. Alesia has over 13 years of clinical experience, specializing in multidisciplinary assessment, clinical supervision, and curriculum development. Formerly the Clinical Trainer and Coordinator at Hillsides in Pasadena, California, Alesia also held the position of Interim Program Manager for Outpatient and School-Based Programs. Additional roles have included DBT Therapist and Skills Group Instructor at The Village Counseling and Wellness and  guest lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles School of Psychology. She has designed and taught workshops in such topics as: Domestic Violence, Drug Awareness, Clinical Conceptualization, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Historical Trauma, and Mental Health First Aid.

 

RC Webinar - A Deeper Dive: Building Skills to Teach Risking Connection with an Anti-Racist Lens

September 13, 2022, 3-4:30 EDT (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

Like so many institutions, the Traumatic Stress Institute has set a strategic priority on embodying anti-racism in our organizational culture. The racial reckoning of the past couple of years has provided us with an opportunity to acknowledge our blind spots and work to reconcile those gaps.

One of our first actions over the past year was the creation of a new supplement to the Teaching Manual for Risking Connection called “Teaching Risking Connection with an Anti-Racist Lens.” In collaboration with an Advisory Committee made up of RC Trainers and Champions with diverse racial and ethnic identities, we were able to produce 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 deeper dive will build on last December’s webinar, when the Anti–Racism supplement was introduced

Presenter Information

Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She authored Trauma-Informed Care: The Restorative Approach and created the accompanying curriculum focused on a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs.

Pat is a Faculty Trainer for TSI and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work and at St. Joseph’s University. Pat was co-chair of the Advisory Council for this revision of the Risking Connection® curriculum.
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Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW, DNCCM is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers and also co-chair of the Advisory Council for this revision project. A significant part of her 30 years as a licensed social worker has been spent supporting the recovery of individuals and communities in post-traumatic incidents. She has provided trauma-informed leadership to victim service organizations, mental health providers, and served in the capacity of a therapist, EMDR practitioner, crisis responder, and trainer.

As a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Mary Jo has worked in Liberia and South Sudan and consulted with teams in Northern Nigeria and Kenya to address the intersection of trauma and peace-building through the application of conflict and trauma-sensitive programming.
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Meredith Reese, LPC, is the Chief Integrated and 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 also passionate about raising awareness to stand against human trafficking through community advocacy and presentations. Meredith has been an RC Associate Trainer since 2018, was a participant on the Advisory Council on this curriculum revision project, and presented a poster about the project at the recent Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) Conference.

RC Consult Group: Tapping into Our Creativity and Playfulness via Improv

September 27, 2022, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

This is an in-person event.

Don’t freak out. This may just be the most enjoyable and hilarious RC Trainer Consult groups we’ve ever done. Laughter, silliness, and stepping slightly outside your comfort zone can be the perfect antidote to VT. After this Consult Group, you’ll be saying, “I can’t believe I got to do that on work time…AND GET PAID FOR IT.”

Sea Tea Comedy Theater staff will take RC Trainers through a variety of exercises and games to build confidence in public speaking, foster creativity…but mostly just have fun! You may also discover some activities that you can take back and use in your own trainings.

Presenter Information

Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s mission is to present high-quality, affordable, original entertainment to a diverse audience. They also run workshops for corporate and other workplaces on a range of topics such as Improv for Public Speaking, Improv for Management, and Improv for New Teams. Click here to learn more.  By providing opportunities and a home for comedians and performers, we cultivate an inclusive comedy community and springboard top regional talent to a national level. 

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers and an RC Faculty Trainer. A clinical psychologist, he helped created TSI’s Whole System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care and co-developed the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale. He has a private practice in Amherst, MA where he works mainly with trauma survivors. He recently published the third edition of Streetwise to Sexwise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, which is used internationally by agencies and schools serving at-risk teens.

 

 

October


RC Basic

October 25-27, 2021, 11:00 – 6:00 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

The Risking Connection (RC) Basic training is an 18-hour foundational trauma training. It is a centerpiece of the Traumatic Stress Institute’s Whole Systems Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care that organizations and service systems can adopt to implement and sustain trauma-informed care.

Please Note:

Because Risking Connection Training is a centerpiece to TSI’s Whole Systems Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care, upon completion of the training, participants are not permitted to use the Risking Connection training as a stand-alone training program within their organizations or communities of care, unless the organization you are affiliated with has also committed to TSI’s Whole-System Change Process. If you are not affiliated with an organization within our network, your participation is an opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge and provide you with a philosophy and method for working with trauma survivors.

November


Virtual Day of Learning and Sharing - Social Justice in Supervision

November 1, 2022, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This training focuses on trauma-informed supervision through a social justice lens, an approach to supervision that begins with the personal and extends to the professional. Personal histories, identities, characteristics, and psychological experiences of supervisors, as well as structural and environmental conditions of the organization, are considered in supervision. This perspective promotes the role of the supervisor as a leader in establishing a culture within their team that is responsive to and inclusive of the positionalities and unique experiences of clients and colleagues. Supervisors are encouraged to remain vigilant in their commitment to social justice by leading their teams and organizations in achieving truly inclusive diversity.

Presenter Information

Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™, a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method. She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work and at St. Joseph’s University. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by Levellers Press, as well as several articles.
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Aminah Ali, LMSW, is the Clinical Coordinator for Klingberg Family Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care and PPSP programs.  She has been a valued member of the Klingberg Family Center staff for almost 18 years, and has been an RC training for 6 of those years. Aminah has a combined 19 years of experience in community service, the child welfare system, home-based therapy, and as a 3-5-7 clinician. She has committed her career to helping youth tell their stories and fill in the blanks on their journey to full and integrated lives. As co-chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness & Sensitivity (IDEAS) committee, she is a Diversity Trainer and promotes an inclusive and culturally-informed culture at Klingberg. Aminah received her social work degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
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Alesia Starks, LMFT

Alesia Starks, LMFT, is a Practitioner Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Faculty Trainer for the Traumatic Stress Institute. Alesia has over 13 years of clinical experience, specializing in multidisciplinary assessment, clinical supervision, and curriculum development. Formerly the Clinical Trainer and Coordinator at Hillsides in Pasadena, California, Alesia also held the position of Interim Program Manager for Outpatient and School-Based Programs. Additional roles have included DBT Therapist and Skills Group Instructor at The Village Counseling and Wellness and  guest lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles School of Psychology. She has designed and taught workshops in such topics as: Domestic Violence, Drug Awareness, Clinical Conceptualization, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Historical Trauma, and Mental Health First Aid.

RC Recertification

November 3, 2022, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This one-day training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

Presenter Information

Alesia Starks, LMFT

Alesia Starks, LMFT, is a Practitioner Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Faculty Trainer for the Traumatic Stress Institute. Alesia has over 13 years of clinical experience, specializing in multidisciplinary assessment, clinical supervision, and curriculum development. Formerly the Clinical Trainer and Coordinator at Hillsides in Pasadena, California, Alesia also held the position of Interim Program Manager for Outpatient and School-Based Programs. Additional roles have included DBT Therapist and Skills Group Instructor at The Village Counseling and Wellness and  guest lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles School of Psychology. She has designed and taught workshops in such topics as: Domestic Violence, Drug Awareness, Clinical Conceptualization, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Historical Trauma, and Mental Health First Aid.

RC Train-the-Trainer

November 8-10, 2021, 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.

December


RC Consult Group: Implicit Bias and Cultural Humility

December 1, 2022, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

This is a NEW IN-PERSON event in New Britain, CT.

Paying attention to biases and reducing them will improve expression and understanding of disagreements. Acknowledging the reality and role of implicit biases in guiding behaviors and beliefs can result in actionable and effective solutions to facilitate and improve relationships.

Facilitated discussions on biases and perceptions will create a safe environment for hard ongoing conversations.  Cultural safety is the ability to create a trusting environment that is socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically safe for staff and family members.  Cultural humility challenges us to learn from others, reserve judgement, and bridge the cultural divide.  Cultural humility increases the quality of interpersonal actions.

This training will build and foster understanding of implicit biases and cultural humility. A framework for positive attitude development and the facilitation of reciprocal open questions will be cultivated.

Presenter Information


Michele Stewart-Copes, MS, MSW
is CEO of System for Education Equity & Transition (SEET) Consultants, LLC, and a national trainer and organizational consultant specializing in system-of-care, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) policy development, and cultural competency coaching. She holds the National Supervisor Coach Wraparound Certification, a Master of Science degree in Guidance & Counseling and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Michele developed and managed the nation’s first successful wraparound effort within an inner-city area, which was focused on Puerto Rican and African American neighborhoods in Hartford, CT. She has provided wraparound training and coaching in twenty states and Canada.

In addition to training, Michele has worked as a Community Coordinator with the Department of Public Heath’s Office of Minority Health, been an Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University for the Master of Public Health Program, as well as serving on a variety of commissions and committees focused on topics such as community development, health equity, ethics, and leadership. She is also a member of the Governor’s Council on Women & Girls Steering Committee and was the first African American elected to the New Britain Board of Education.

RC Webinar - Trauma Readiness for Organizations and Leaders

December 8, 2022, 3-4:30 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This 90-minute interactive presentation will provide a primer in trauma and resilience in the workforce. We will explore the ways leaders and managers can position themselves and their teams to enhance awareness for both trauma and resilience, and develop the flexible and adaptive mindsets necessary to sustain a truly trauma informed and relationally-focused organization.

Presenter Information

Richard Knecht, MS, is passionately interested in seeing public helping services become healing services. He has delivered program operations, leadership, strategic planning and training assistance to public and private healthcare and human service systems for more than 30 years.

In addition to his private organizational and leadership coaching, he presently serves as an advisor and consultant to the California State Department of Social Services and its partners, providing guidance and cross-system statewide technical assistance toward integrated management processes for children and families. He is a lead engineer for the state’s System of Care work and has led the development of the nation’s first multi-agency Core Practice Model for children and youth.

Richard previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of a large psychiatric hospital, and the former Sr. Vice President of Program Operations at the River Oak Center for Children. He worked in Placer County for nearly a decade, directing its highly regarded children’s system. He is a past chair of the Board of Directors at Ifoster, and presently sits on the advisory board at Opeeka, a unique software development company which creates and implements integrated information management solutions for the healing professions. He also serves on Placer County’s First Five Commission.

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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!

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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:

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