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.

TSI Faculty Trainers

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. A clinical psychologist, he is a primary architect of TSI’s internationally-recognized whole-system change process to trauma-informed care. He is a co-creator, with Dr. Courtney Baker, of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, one of the first psychometric measures of TIC. He trains professionals nationally on psychological trauma and trauma-informed care.  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. Emailsteveb@klingberg.comPhone: 413-218-3293


Pat WilcoxPatricia Wilcox, LCSW, is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain, Connecticut and also part of the Traumatic Stress Institute team. Her career in child and family treatment has included the state child welfare system, the Superior Court, private practice and Newington Children’s Hospital Day Treatment. At Klingberg she has been a clinician and the Clinical Director before obtaining her current position in 2005. She specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families and has presented extensively on this topic. She is the creator of the Restorative Approach, a trauma and relationship-based approach to congregate care treatment of children, and its companion book, Trauma-Informed Treatment: the Restorative Approach.  She has presented at NASW, the International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; The American Association of Children’s Residential Centers; the Alliance for Children and Families; The Child Welfare League of America; and the Black Administrators on Child Welfare. Emailpatw@klingberg.comPhone: 860-832-5507


Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DNCCM, is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. She has over 25 years of experience as a trauma and conflict management specialist, responding to crisis, treating trauma, and building conflict competent communities. As a community mediator, Mary Jo has worked with diverse populations to resolve conflict that is often associated with post crisis response and the rebuilding of communities.  Mary Jo directed the Dialogue and Resolution Center, a division of the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh, PA providing trainings that addressed building conflict-competent teams in organizations and providing guidance and support to supervisory-level staff when addressing conflict with employees, allied professionals, community leaders and victim service clients.  Internationally, Mary Jo is a member of Mediators Beyond Borders Internationally. She has worked in Liberia and South Sudan and consulted with teams in Northern Nigeria and Kenya to address the intersection of trauma and peacebuilding through the application of conflict and trauma sensitive programming. She is currently a volunteer Victim Offender Dialogue Mediator for the Office of the Victim Advocate. She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management. E-mail: m.joharwood@gmail.comPhone: 724-825-2124


John Engel is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers where he serves as a trainer and consultant for client agencies adopting whole system change to trauma-informed care and facilitates strategic change initiatives within TSI. Additionally, John is the Executive Director of MERGE for Equality, which promotes healthy masculinity and male engagement in gender equality, and is a Writer, authoring ‘The Fatherhood Journey’, a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, with 80 columns and counting. E-mail: john.engel@klingberg.comPhone: 413-887-9380


Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and independent trauma consultant based in Massachusetts, and is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of psychological trauma. She is co-author of the Risking Connection curriculum and also co-author of Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors, one of the seminal books about counter-transference in the trauma field. Her most recent book is Treating Traumatic Bereavement. She is a fellow of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association and chairs its Fellows committee; co-founder and past president of the Trauma Research, Education, and Training, Institute; and co-founder and former co-director of the Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy. She has received awards for her clinical and scientific contributions from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Connecticut Psychological Association; for her work in media and trauma from ISTSS; and for contributions to professional practice from the American Psychological Association, Trauma Division. For over a decade, she collaborated with Professor Ervin Staub on promoting trauma recovery and preventing violence in east Africa.


Kay-Saakvitne_smallKaren Saakvitne, Ph.D. ,(pronounced Sock-quit-knee) is a clinical psychologist and former clinical director of the Traumatic Stress Institute in South Windsor CT where, with Laurie Anne Pearlman, she wrote the two original books on Vicarious Traumatization (Trauma and the Therapist, and Transforming the Pain).  She is the lead author of Risking Connection and the author of the original teaching manual for that curriculum, Relational Teaching, Experiential Learning, and of a parenting resource handbook written for survivor parents and available online, Support for Survivor Parents. With Laurie Anne Pearlman, she is the recipient of the APA Division of  Trauma Psychology 2008 award for Outstanding Contributions to the Clinical Practice of Trauma Psychology.   She has a private practice of psychotherapy and clinical consultation in Northampton,  MA.


Jodie tingle-willis Jodie Tingle-Willis, LCSW,  has over 14 years of experience collaborating with children and families impacted by trauma in residential treatment settings as a clinician and director of programs. Tingle-Willis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spalding University, and her Master of Science in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work from the University of Louisville. Today, she consults with social service agencies that desire a greater awareness of and success in supporting their employees in the area of Vicarious Tramatization. She is also the owner of Supreme Peace Yoga in Louisville, KY, and enjoys blending her skill sets to help students manage stress, anxiety, and depression.


Beck Whipple is a Staff Development Coordinator for Maryhurst, located in Louisville, Kentucky. He has thirteen years of experience in promoting the healing of youth who have experienced complex trauma. Beck is a trainer of the following nationally recognized programs and curriculum: Risking Connection, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Safe Crisis Management, and Seven Challenges. Beck has served as the Kentucky Adolescent Substance Abuse Treasurer for the past five years. He conducts trainings nationally and throughout Kentucky, focusing on providing education and advocacy regarding trauma, deescalation and gender identity.  Beck enjoys his fur babies, Benson and Tic, as well as golfing and dancing. He is originally from Kansas, where he spent most of his childhood on a farm with his family. Beck is passionate about creating safe spaces for the LGBT community.


Kristi Glotzbach, LCSW is the Director of Residential Programs at Maryhurst, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky where she has worked since 1995.  She has over 15 years experience working with the highest need children and families at Maryhurst. Prior to her current position, Kristi worked as a clinical therapist and admissions manager.  She received her Bachelor’s  Degree in Psychology from Purdue University and her Master’s in the Science of Social Work at University of Louisville.  Kristi’s primary focus has been on working with adolescent females who have experienced extreme trauma resulting in multiple disrupted placements and little success in achieving permanency.  She recently helped create a specialized program at Maryhurst to help stabilize this population, increase continuity of care, and help these youth work towards permanency.


Elizabeth Vermilyea is an independent consultant specializing in traumatic stress consultation, training and program development. Previously, Elizabeth served as the training director and trauma specialist at The Sidran Institute. Prior to joining the Sidran staff in 1999, Ms. Vermilyea had worked in the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Trauma Disorders Service Line in Baltimore, MD and the Master’s & Johnson Sexual Trauma Program in New Orleans, LA.Elizabeth has created and delivered traumatic stress education programs and consultation to audiences including: child and adult mental health, public and private school systems, sexual assault and domestic violence settings, providers working with the homeless, corrections, developmental disabilities agencies, crime victim’s assistance agencies, and substance abuse programs across the US and in Canada. Ms. Vermilyea is the author of Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Tool Kit for Managing Symptoms of Traumatic Stress. She is also one of the authors of Risking Connection in Faith Communities. Ms. Vermilyea has served as faculty for the University of Maryland Trauma Certificate Program and is an Illuminations Facilitator. She consults on trauma related matters with school-based mental health programs, faith-based trauma support programs and other service providers seeking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the support of trauma victims and survivors.


Michelle KMichelle KenefickLCSW, has been practicing in the field of human services for over 25 years. In 2010 she founded Sound Counseling Center, LLC which offers a variety of services including: outpatient counseling; classes and retreats focused on mindfulness; meditation focused on care for care-givers; advocacy for children through Guardian ad Litem services; divorce mediation; support and assistance with embryo adoption; and consultation, training, and support to social service organizations.


Marissa Lammlin, LCSW is the Program Coordinator for Residential Services at Klingberg Family Centers and former psychotherapist on the Adolescent Girls Unit at Klingberg. She received her social work degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Social Work. In addition to her work in the residential program Marissa has been a part of a grant for the past three years with the New Britain Police Department to strengthen the relationship between police officers and the youth we serve.


Jordanna L’Esperance, PsyD is a licensed clinical and school psychologist in Massachusetts.  Dr. LEsperance has worked with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, residential care and outpatient clinics. She has specialized in working with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, and she has extensive experience with psychological assessment, crisis management, special education regulations, consultation and individual and group therapy.  Dr. L’Esperance also teaches undergraduate courses in all areas of psychology.


PortraitSimple_ElovichMD 1-26-16Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW is a Clinical Therapist and Program Coordinator of Klingberg Family Centers, Child Abuse Treatment Services (CATS) Program. Mary’s area of clinical specialty is attachment, early childhood physical/ sexual abuse and the impact preverbal trauma has on developing brain architecture. Mary works in partnership with Love 146 to provide sexually exploited children mental health trauma treatment. Mary has trained internationally in Risking Connection as well as developing and conducting clinical trainings related to sensory-motor interventions, helping children normalize the impact of trauma by learning neuroscience, Vicarious Trauma and Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Mary is a “Circle of Security Parenting” Educator and a founding member of the Attachment Network of Connecticut. As Executive Chair of the Greater Hartford Multi-Disciplinary Team, Mary spent four years advocating within the medical, forensic and legal system to prosecute abusers and reduce victimization for children in our state. Recently, Mary became Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT.


MarjMarji Vitali, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director of the Bridge Family Center where she has worked since 2005.  She has over 12 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families.  She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently licensed as a psychologist in the state of CT.  Her work experience includes a focus on trauma treatment in outpatient clinics as well as four years as a program director of a therapeutic group home for girls involved in the juvenile justice system.  She is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford.

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