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.

2024 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.

July


Risking Connection (RC) Basic

July 16-18, 2024, 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.

August


RC Recertification

August 6, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 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 only once every two years.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly-revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. RC Trainers who are due for Recertification will receive the content of Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Part 2 during the Recert, then will need to attend one other event during the calendar year. Options will be discussed during the Recertification.

Please note: There will be a separate RC Recertification available for IDD RC Trainers, as that curriculum has not yet been revised.

RC Train-the-Trainer

August 20-22, 2024 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 or RC Champions. RC Trainers train RC within their organization on an ongoing basis. While not formally credentialed to train, RC Champions are critical agents of change who support the implementation of RC at your agency. This event is open only to RC Client Agencies.

September


RC Recertification for IDD Trainers

September 11, 2024, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event and is ONLY for IDD RC Trainers. 

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping IDD 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 IDD RC Trainers and is required once every 2 years; the focus of this event will be different than the other Recerts scheduled this year.

RC IDD Train-the-Trainer

September 26-27, 2024 10:00 – 5:00 ET (check local time here)

This is an in-person event.

The RC IDD Train-the-Trainer (TTT) is for client agencies of the Traumatic Stress Institute that are or have implemented the Risking Connection Whole-System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care. The TTT is an avenue by which organizations and systems implement and sustain trauma-informed care via the use of the RC training model. Organizations select staff to be RC Associate Trainers – to attend the TTT so that they can formally train staff inside their organization on an ongoing basis.

Training Description
The training covers the skills needed to effectively teach and model the RC IDD Basic training. At the training, there will be some time spent on reviewing RC concepts. However, the majority of time will be spent learning HOW to teach RC. Trainers will be expected to practice teach to their peers and the Faculty Trainers in a supportive learning environment.

October


RC Webinar - A Trauma-Informed Lens to Family Engagement

October 1, 2024, 3-4:30 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

Families play a powerful role in shaping health and well-being across the lifespan. For many, they not only provide a source of identity and belonging, but are also the most enduring source of physical and emotional support. Family engagement is the practice of and commitment to a strength-based approach to relationship building and collaboration with the families of the person using services. It is a cornerstone of best practice in child and youth services and is associated with positive outcomes when working with adults.

For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), families play an essential role in caregiving, care coordination, advocacy, the support of self-determination, and meaningful inclusion. Many professionals, however, struggle with how to meaningfully engage families of adults with IDD while respecting the person’s right to autonomy. In professional disability services, there is sometimes a conflicting view of families as both a source of support and a barrier to the person’s and the organization’s plans.

This webinar will discuss the importance and context of family engagement in adult IDD services using a trauma-informed lens. We will explore barriers to and strategies for building trust, collaboration, and goal setting with families while centering the rights, wants, and needs of their loved ones.

Presenter Information

Amanda Rich, Ph.D., is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Open Road Inclusive Community Consulting, LLC. Dr. She is currently an associate professor of Human Services at York College of Pennsylvania where she teaches coursework related to program design and evaluation, direct practice, trauma-informed care, and public policy impacting human service organizations. Her work is rooted in the belief that human services have the potential to help make our communities more inclusive, fairer, healthier, and stronger.

Dr. Rich has served as a consultant, trainer, and program evaluator for numerous organizations and programs including Grown NJ Kids, NADD (National Association of the Dually Diagnosed), The Keystone STARS program, and the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities. She has a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University and a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware. Currently, her professional work focuses on the challenges faced by marginalized families, strategies they use to fight for change, community-based disability services, trauma-informed support systems, and the health, and wellbeing of the human service workforce. 

RC Recertification

October 9, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 only once every two years.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly-revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. RC Trainers who are due for Recertification will receive the content of Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Part 2 during the Recert, then will need to attend one other event during the calendar year. Options will be discussed during the Recertification.

Please note: There will be a separate RC Recertification available for IDD RC Trainers, as that curriculum has not yet been revised.

RC Webinar: Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1

October 17, 2024, 3-4:30 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event. Please note that this session runs at the same time as a Part 2 session.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. While the curriculum has been updated over the years (with the exception of the recently created IDD version), this revision is the most comprehensive one ever undertaken. Its structure and content will feel familiar; however, this new and improved version differs in some key ways. Among the changes: an updated look that better reflects the diversity of our world and workplaces; full integration of the RC anti-racism supplement (currently posted on the RC Trainers’ Corner); updated/embedded video content that is more user-friendly; and an expanded resource section.

For most RC Trainers, events will be different this year. The annual attendance requirement will be the same as ever – attend two events each year. However, instead of RC Webinars focused on a variety of topics, there will be two separate RC Webinars entitled Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2. These will run multiple times over the year. Please attend both sessions as your two annual events. There are two exceptions:

  • For RC Trainers who are due for Recert, you’ll receive Part 1 and Part 2 during your Recert, then will need to attend one other event.
  • For RC IDD Trainers, we will offer 3 IDD-focused RC Webinars and 1 IDD-focused Recertification training in 2024. The RC IDD curriculum was completed in 2021 and we are not yet prepared to do a revision.  Therefore, RC IDD Trainers and Champions will not receive a revised RC Manual; they will run trainings as usual.

We are excited to introduce you to the newly revised RC curriculum and hope you’re excited, too.

RC Webinar: Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2

October 17, 2024, 3-4:30 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event. Please note that this session runs at the same time as a Part 1 session.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. While the curriculum has been updated over the years (with the exception of the recently created IDD version), this revision is the most comprehensive one ever undertaken. Its structure and content will feel familiar; however, this new and improved version differs in some key ways. Among the changes: an updated look that better reflects the diversity of our world and workplaces; full integration of the RC anti-racism supplement (currently posted on the RC Trainers’ Corner); updated/embedded video content that is more user-friendly; and an expanded resource section.

For most RC Trainers, events will be different this year. The annual attendance requirement will be the same as ever – attend two events each year. However, instead of RC Webinars focused on a variety of topics, there will be two separate RC Webinars entitled Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2. These will run multiple times over the year. Please attend both sessions as your two annual events. There are two exceptions:

  • For RC Trainers who are due for Recert, you’ll receive Part 1 and Part 2 during your Recert, then will need to attend one other event.
  • For RC IDD Trainers, we will offer 3 IDD-focused RC Webinars and 1 IDD-focused Recertification training in 2024. The RC IDD curriculum was completed in 2021 and we are not yet prepared to do a revision.  Therefore, RC IDD Trainers and Champions will not receive a revised RC Manual; they will run trainings as usual.

We are excited to introduce you to the newly revised RC curriculum and hope you’re excited, too.

Restorative Approach (RA) Basic

October 22, 2024, 10:00-5:00 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

The Restorative Approach™, newly updated in 2019, is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “point and level” systems for child congregate care settings.  Based on attachment theory and the principles of restorative justice, it answers the question, “Now that I understand how trauma affects children, what should I do on Monday?”

The Restorative Approach translates what we know about trauma, the brain, and how children heal into specific strategies for all treatment providers within the organization. When children display behaviors that hurt others and the community, rather than “doing time” or dropping levels, staff assigns learning and restorative tasks to help children learn skills and make amends. 

Please note: This training is open to the public.

Restorative Approach (RA) Train-the-Trainer

October 23, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

The Restorative Approach™, newly updated in 2019, is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “point and level” systems for child congregate care settings.  Based on attachment theory and the principles of restorative justice, it answers the question, “Now that I understand how trauma affects children, what should I do on Monday?”

This training offers an intensive learning experience about how to teach the 1-Day RA Basic training within your system, agency, or school.  During the course of training, prospective trainers are expected to practice teach to their peers and the Faculty Trainers in a supportive learning environment.  Particular focus is placed on helping participants learn how to exemplify, in their work as a trainer, the relational concept of RICH (Respect, Information, Connection and Hope) that is central to the RA approach.

Please note:  This training is only open to current RC Trainers who’ve completed the RA Basic (either at their agency or through TSI).

RC Foster Care Train-the-Trainer

October 23, 2024 2:00-5:00 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This training enables RC Trainers to teach the RC for Foster Parents training at your agency or school. In 2019 the RC for Foster Parents training was reorganized into 8 separate 90-minute modules that can each stand alone or be taught as a series during a timeframe of your choosing. RC Trainers will get exposure to the new materials, experience the exercises, and practice teaching the content. This training focuses on the unique challenges of training foster parents.

RC Basic

October 15-17, 2024, 10:00 – 5:00 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


RC Train-the-Trainer

November 5-7, 2024, 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 only to those becoming RC Trainers.

December


RC Webinar: Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1

December 10, 2024, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event. Please note that this session, unlike prior sessions, has a different start time than the Part 2 session; it is possible to attend both sessions on this one day.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. While the curriculum has been updated over the years (with the exception of the recently created IDD version), this revision is the most comprehensive one ever undertaken. Its structure and content will feel familiar; however, this new and improved version differs in some key ways. Among the changes: an updated look that better reflects the diversity of our world and workplaces; full integration of the RC anti-racism supplement (currently posted on the RC Trainers’ Corner); updated/embedded video content that is more user-friendly; and an expanded resource section.

For most RC Trainers, events will be different this year. The annual attendance requirement will be the same as ever – attend two events each year. However, instead of RC Webinars focused on a variety of topics, there will be two separate RC Webinars entitled Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2. These will run multiple times over the year. Please attend both sessions as your two annual events. There are two exceptions:

  • For RC Trainers who are due for Recert, you’ll receive Part 1 and Part 2 during your Recert, then will need to attend one other event.
  • For RC IDD Trainers, we will offer 3 IDD-focused RC Webinars and 1 IDD-focused Recertification training in 2024. The RC IDD curriculum was completed in 2021 and we are not yet prepared to do a revision.  Therefore, RC IDD Trainers and Champions will not receive a revised RC Manual; they will run trainings as usual.

We are excited to introduce you to the newly revised RC curriculum and hope you’re excited, too.

RC Webinar: Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2

December 10, 2024, 3-4:30 p.m. ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event. Please note that this session runs at the same time as a Part 1 session.

Our goal in 2024 is to introduce RC Trainers and Champions to our newly revised Risking Connection Basic curriculum. While the curriculum has been updated over the years (with the exception of the recently created IDD version), this revision is the most comprehensive one ever undertaken. Its structure and content will feel familiar; however, this new and improved version differs in some key ways. Among the changes: an updated look that better reflects the diversity of our world and workplaces; full integration of the RC anti-racism supplement (currently posted on the RC Trainers’ Corner); updated/embedded video content that is more user-friendly; and an expanded resource section.

For most RC Trainers, events will be different this year. The annual attendance requirement will be the same as ever – attend two events each year. However, instead of RC Webinars focused on a variety of topics, there will be two separate RC Webinars entitled Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 1 and Introducing the RC Trainer Manual Revision – Part 2. These will run multiple times over the year. Please attend both sessions as your two annual events. There are two exceptions:

  • For RC Trainers who are due for Recert, you’ll receive Part 1 and Part 2 during your Recert, then will need to attend one other event.
  • For RC IDD Trainers, we will offer 3 IDD-focused RC Webinars and 1 IDD-focused Recertification training in 2024. The RC IDD curriculum was completed in 2021 and we are not yet prepared to do a revision.  Therefore, RC IDD Trainers and Champions will not receive a revised RC Manual; they will run trainings as usual.

We are excited to introduce you to the newly revised RC curriculum and hope you’re excited, too.

RC Webinar - Completing the Puzzle: Understanding Autism and Trauma

December 12, 2024, 3:00-4:00 ET (check local time here)

This is a virtual event.

This presentation will help attendees identify and develop an initial understanding of how to work with those that carry a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have been exposed to a trauma. ASD is a developmental disorder characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and interactions with others. These impairments vary from underdeveloped social skills, difficulties with expressive and receptive communication, and the demonstration of restricted or repetitive behaviors. These behaviors may manifest or present themselves in a variety of ways, The severity of these symptoms can make it difficult for an individual with ASD to disclose any traumatic events and/or feelings they may have associated with this experience.

Presenter Information

Sabrina Demsky-Cameron, DSW, LCSW, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Ädelbrook, Inc. Sabrina joined the Ädelbrook team in September of 2009, and in her many years with the agency she has helped usher in a change of served population to working with children and young adults with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Sabrina has presented – nationally and internationally – on topics including Social Welfare Programs & Policies in the United States, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Traumatic Reactions and Symptom Management, The Diagnosis and Treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder, The Implementation of TF-CBT with those Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and given a Keynote Address on Strength and Resiliency. In December 2023, Sabrina is scheduled to present nationally on the innovative work she has overseen with those with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

In September 2019, Sabrina was named “40 Under 40” in the Hartford Business Journal. In addition to her role within Ädelbrook, Sabrina is a Faculty Trainer with the Traumatic Stress Institute and has been teaching at Southern Connecticut State University since 2017 and Grand Canyon University since 2023. She lives in Middletown, CT with her husband and three children.

Monica Carras, M.S., BCBA, LBA, is currently the Director of Behavioral Services and Training Academy for Ädelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services. She has been in the field for 15 years and currently holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a licensed behavior analyst and has dedicated 10 years of service to Ädelbrook, including experience working in various parts of the agency and across age groups prior to her latest promotion in 2022.

Monica has presented throughout the state on Autism and Trauma, and she will be presenting nationally in December 2023 on the innovative work she has done with those with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. She is also one of our physical management training instructors and conducts various trainings to new incoming staff. In September 2022, Monica was named “Health Care Hero of the Year” in the Hartford Business Journal. Monica currently residents in CT with her husband, two children, and dog.

 

Continuing Education Credits

Our continuing education credit co-sponsor is The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT), which in addition to providing credits is a leading resource and training center focused on violence-free living.

Read more below for specific information pertaining to TSI trainings.

Continuing Education Credit Statement

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) provides American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education courses to social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors. APA approval satisfies requirements for different disciplines in many states; however, requirements vary. Please check with your state credentialing Board.

Trainings Eligible for Continuing Education Credits

TSI trainings over 3 hours are eligible for Continuing Education (CE) Credits. Our current list of eligible trainings and credit hours:

  • RC Basic – 18
  • RC IDD Basic – 12
  • RC Train-the-Trainer – 16.5
  • RC IDD Train-the-Trainer – 11.5
  • RC Recertification – 6
  • RA Basic – 6
  • RA Train-the-Trainer – 3
  • Foster Care Train-the-Trainer – 3
Is My Licensure Eligible for CE Credits?

Currently all of TSI’s course approvals with IVAT are through the American Psychological Association (APA), which is as broad a coverage of licensures as possible throughout the United States, though some license boards may require additional effort for these to be approved. Additionally, RN’s are covered through California, though this approval can be used across all 50 states.

Recently IVAT also became an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) approved provider of CE credits and TSI trainings are currently under review for this additional approval.

Apologies, IVAT continuing education credits are not available outside of the United States.

I'm Still Not Sure I'm Eligible for CE Credits

CE Credits can be confusing, as the panoply of possible licensures all have different requirements. If after reading TSI’s CE statement you are still unsure if you’re covered, you can request CE credits (a link to a request form is provided at the time of the training) and submit them to your licensing board for approval. Since CE credit fees are rolled into the cost of TSI trainings, there is no financial risk for you should the CE credits not be approved.

Are RC Webinars Eligible for CE Credits?

TSI offers CE credits for trainings of 3 or more hours. Most RC Webinars are 1.5 hours, and thus CE credits for them are not currently offered.

Can My Agency Give Credits for RC Basics Run at Our Agency?

CE credits through IVAT are only available for trainings that TSI provides. If your agency would like to offer CE credits to its RC Basic participants it is possible to do so, but involves some work and cost.

You would need to secure a CE vendor and submit an RC Basic application through them or apply directly to a board. You would also need to plan for administrative support to prepare and track submissions. We can supply you with the information needed for an application, but otherwise are unable to provide support. Contact us at tsisupport@klingberg.com to request application information.

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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