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.

Meet the Presenters

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers. A clinical psychologist, he is a primary architect of TSI’s  whole-system change process to trauma-informed care, which uses Risking Connection training as its core offering. In 2020, authored the adaption of Risking Connection to organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With Dr. Courtney Baker, he developed the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, one of the first, and currently the most widely-used psychometric measure of TIC. Dr. Brown presents nationally about TIC implementation and TIC measurement and is the co-author of numerous journal articles on those subjects. 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.

Sabrina Demsky-Cameron, MSW, 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 thirteen 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 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 Low-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, given a Keynote Address on Strength and Resiliency.In September 2019, Sabrina was named “40 Under 40” in the Hartford Business Journal. In addition to her role within Ädelbrook, Sabrina has been teaching at Southern Connecticut State University since 2017 and will be graduating with a Doctorate in Social Work in May 2022. She lives in Middletown, CT with her husband and three children.