FAQs — Adopting Risking Connection as a staff training model

What does it mean to adopt RC as a training model?

Adoption of RC is used by programs and organizations as a way to implement and embed trauma-informed care in their organization. For most programs, it means using RC as a mandated staff training about trauma and trauma-informed care. Organizations go through an implementation process to adopt RC as a training model.

Are there requirements for adopting RC as a training model?

Yes, because implementing trauma-informed care is often a difficult paradigm shift to make, organizations must commit the resources to implementing RC as a system and meet a set of requirements. Contact the Coordinator of RC Training, Steve Brown, at steveb@klingberg.com for a description of these requirements.

What trainings does the RC Training Program offer?

RC offers the RC Basic Training (generally 3 days) and the RC Train-the-Trainer (3 days). We then offer a variety of trainings for agency staff that are credentialed as RC Associate Trainers. See our events page for dates of trainings being offered.

What is the process for adopting RC as a mandated training for our program or organization?

Larger organizations generally offer the RC Basic training on-site taught by RC Faculty Trainers. They then have selected staff complete the RC Train-the-Trainer on-site where trainers learn how to teach RC within their organization. Then organizations rollout RC training to staff who have not yet received the training and new employees. We often offer consultation before and after this process in order to assist implementation. Smaller organizations may be able to implement RC by sending a subset of their staff (usually 50%) to freestanding RC Basic trainings and then selected staff to the RC Train-the-Trainer. Please contact us for more details.

Can we send a few staff to a RC Basic Training and Train-the-Trainer and then use the model?

No. This method of implementation generally is unsuccessful. Depending on a few people to implement training aimed at trauma-informed culture change does not work. More momentum and buy-in is needed for successful implementation.

How long does full implementation generally take?

Full implementation including the RC Basic, Train-the-Trainer, and rollout of agency trainings (by agency trainers) can take as little as 6 months and as long as 18 months depending on the size of the organization, how ready they are to embrace the new approach, and the pace of implementation.

How does Restorative Approach training fit in?

Group care settings that want to include Restorative Approach training in their implementation process can do so. Restorative Approach training usually takes place after the RC Basic training, but before the RC Train-the-Trainer. Call us for details.

If my specific agency program adopts RC as a training program, can we then train our whole organization in RC?

No. Programs, organizations, and systems must designate whether they plan to implement RC in particular programs or throughout the entire organization. Once they make that designation, RC training is limited to those programs. Over time, they can decide to expand to other programs in the organization, but they can only do so after discussion with the RC Training Program. This protects against a small program being made responsible for changing the wider organizational culture without wider buy-in. Again, this does not work.

What are the credentialing requirements for staff who become RC Associate Trainers?

RC Associate Trainers must attend a recertification training every 2 years. They must also attend 2 RC trainer events each year. We offer in-person events for trainers in the Northeast and webinars for trainers in other parts of the country or other countries.

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