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.

Pat Wilcox and Steve Brown attended the “Preventing Violence, Trauma & the Use of Seclusion & Restraint in Child/Adolescent Settings” training on Dec 1-2, 2009 in Worchester, MA. This excellent training was presented by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Office of Technical Assistance. The conference taught attendees about the history importance of restraint and seclusion reduction, including moving depictions of children who have died in restraints. Presentations by faculty members Joan Gillece, Ph.D. NASMHPD OTA; Janice LeBel, PhD;  Beth Caldwell; Glenn Saxe, MD; Brian Farragher, MSW, Andrus Child. Ctr., NY ; and Lydia Todd, NFI Massachusettscovered The Neurobiological and Psychological Effects of Trauma and the six core strategies of restraint reduction. Attendees received a comprehensive manual for restraint reduction.

One of the greatest aspects of this conference was the many specific examples that faculty members shared from their intensive work across the country, including progress agencies have made in reducing restraint and seclusion. Glenn Saxe gave an excellent, concie account of the nuerobiology; and Brian Farrar described the ups and downs of this difficult journey towards trauma informed care.

At the conference, fliers were distributed for an upcoming conference on 

From Strategy to Reality:

The ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Implementing

Trauma-Informed Care in Child and Adolescent Settings

to be co-presented in Worcheter MA  by Devereaux MA and Klingberg Family Centers Traumatic Stress INstitute. This conference will be held on Feb. 9th. The intent of this conference is to build on the previous conference by presenting specific strategies to implement trauma informed care.