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.

RC Trainer Events Archive

As part of our Whole-System Change Model, RC Trainers are required to attend at least 2 RC professional development trainings each year. RC Webinars are for those at our distant client agencies (those outside of a reasonable driveable distance from New Britain, CT). RC Consult Groups are in-person events at Klingberg for local agencies (though distant agencies are welcome to attend). RC Champions are also welcome (though not required) to attend these events.

Scroll below to see some of our past offerings:

Distant RC Trainer Webinars

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - ADVANCED Topic: Transference & Countertransference Dynamics with Trauma Survivor Clients - A Deeper Dive

September 15, 2020

Transference and Countertransference (T/CT) dynamics are happening moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day in our programs. While challenging with all clients, these dynamics are especially perplexing and activating with trauma survivors. They evoke powerful feelings in us. We often feel “between a rock and a hard place.” They pose boundary dilemmas and invite boundary transgressions, both small and large.

We fall into these traps when we are not aware of T/CT dynamics, we lack a framework to understand them, or lack the skills to address them in our supervisions and treatment teams. This ADVANCED webinar will help unpack this complicated topic.

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - Symptoms as Adaptations and the Healing Tool of Validation: A Model for an RC Refresher

May 20, 2020

This webinar will take a deeper look at Symptoms as Adaptations and the importance of using validation as a healing tool. Participants will unpack why it is important to take a step back when engaging with a dysregulated client to ask, “What need is he/she trying to meet?” In order to get a clear understanding of that need, the use of validation can be both healing and helpful. Engaging in validation is often rushed during interactions in favor of solutions and problem solving. When validation is done effectively, treaters get more information about how the disruptive behavior has assisted the client with survival as well as what self-capacities should be strengthened so that needs get met in a less disruptive way.  In addition, when people feel heard and understood they become more regulated and calmer.

This training is designed as a model for an RC Refresher. At the end of the training, trainers will receive all materials (outline, power point, and handouts to teach this training).

RC Distant Trainer Webinar - Effective Supervision for Trauma-Informed Care

March 24, 2020

Trauma-informed supervision is one of the most effective strategies that agencies can employ to sustain their trauma-informed approach and to decrease staff turnover. Research shows that staff’s rating of their supervisor and their immediate work group are what determine their job satisfaction.

But what is trauma-informed supervision? This workshop will discuss the principles of reflective supervision, and the parallel process of supervising in a way that models the attitudes we want our staff to display with our clients. Video examples will be used to explore the dilemmas of supervision, such as wearing many hats, managing both supportive and administrative roles, and developing self-awareness. The supervisor’s role in enhancing team functioning will also be discussed.

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - Using Modern Science of Brain and Body to Create High-Performing Organizations

December 10, 2019

Our growing awareness of the functioning of our brains and our bodies has created a new realization of the conditions necessary for people to grow and thrive. A sense of safety is the underlying condition necessary for learning, connecting and relaxing. Understanding how both our brains and our polyvagal nervous systems respond to signals of danger and safety can offer concrete steps to improve the functioning of staff and the organization as a whole. This webinar will discuss how what is being termed NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience) can create optimal environments for staff excellence.

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

September 17, 2019

Wondering about the mindfulness buzz? Wondering about the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness practice? New to mindfulness, already engaged in mindfulness or wanting to further integrate mindfulness practice in your workday? Interested in integrating mindfulness in your organization’s culture as a practice for sustaining trauma-informed care? Come ready to learn more about mindfulness, how mindfulness can help sustain trauma-informed care, for individual treaters and organizations. Learn, too, principles for practicing mindfulness in a trauma-informed way.

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - What People with Lived Experience Can Teach Us About Trauma-Informed Care

May 21, 2019

This webinar will feature a panel of people of lived experience who will discuss: what they found helpful, unhelpful, and re-traumatizing about behavioral health services; recommendations for organizations serving trauma survivors; and ideas for including people with lived experience in helping your organization become more trauma-informed.

RC Distant Trainer Webinar - What is Polyvagal Theory and Why Should You Care?

March 26, 2019

Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory refers to the nerve structures which connect the brain to various parts of the body. It describes the ways our body is constantly scanning for safety, and how we react when we feel unsafe. It gives us new insights into the ways that problem behaviors are adaptive and in fact biologically hard wired, and how the most effective way to change these behaviors is by activating the social engagement system. Relationships!

Local RC Trainer Consult Groups

14th Annual RC Day of Learning and Sharing

Mindfulness: The Inner Work of Racial Healing and Trauma-Informed Care

October 13, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training was held virtually and was open to both Local and Distant RC Trainers.

This year we have big changes for the Day of Learning and Sharing:

  • The event will be bookended by two acclaimed keynote presenters in the global mindfulness movement: Jenée Johnson and David Treleaven
  • For the first time, this event will be convened virtually–on our new Zoom platform.
  • We are inviting the Traumatic Stress Institute’s entire North American Risking Connection community – more than 500 Local and Distant RC Associate Trainers, Champions, and Faculty!

Participants will engage in rich community-building activities, learn about the cutting-edge neuroscience of mindfulness, gain insight about how to make mindfulness trauma-sensitive, understand the important role of mindfulness in anti-racism work, and discover how mindfulness can expand the collective healing power of our growing Risking Connection community.

At a time when our nation is in much need of healing – from the stress and trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic to the suffering and destruction caused by historical and ongoing racial trauma – this event will inspire and empower RC Trainers and treaters to promote the hope and healing we all so deeply desire.

Local RC Trainer Webinar - Harnessing the Power (and Managing the Challenges) of Trauma Survivor Staff

June 16, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training was held virtually.

The human service workforce generally reflects higher rates of childhood adversity and trauma than other sectors. This can be an asset to organizations in that workers with lived experience can be especially motivated and dedicated to serving others. They often can see gaps in service provision that others cannot and have insights about clients stemming from their own history. At the same time, especially staff with unprocessed trauma, can have blind spots that get in the way of effective service and can be harmful.

This webinar will explore how our organizations can be responsive to the needs of workers who bring their lived experience to the workplace. It will discuss their assets and potential challenges and discuss how to support their success via hiring and onboarding, supervision, and practices to address vicarious trauma.

Local RC Trainer Webinar - Advancing Trauma-Informed Care through Effective Supervision

May 19, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training was held virtually.

Trauma-informed supervision is one of the most effective strategies that agencies can employ to sustain their trauma-informed approach and to decrease staff turnover. Research shows that staff’s rating of their supervisor and their immediate work group are what determine their job satisfaction.

But what is trauma-informed supervision? This workshop will discuss the principles of reflective supervision, and the parallel process of supervising in a way that models the attitudes we want our staff to display with our clients. Video examples will be used to explore the dilemmas of supervision, such as wearing many hats, managing both supportive and administrative roles, and developing self-awareness. The supervisor’s role in enhancing team functioning will also be discussed.

RC Consult Group - How to Stay RICH While Having Difficult Conversations

December 3, 2019 January 14, 2020

This event was rescheduled due to snow but counted toward 2019 RC Trainer requirements.

This RC Trainer Consult group addressed the challenges of staying RICH when having difficult conversations during supervision or with colleagues in the workplace.  Conflict can affect our ability to communicate. Effective communication is key to staying RICH and arriving at mutually agreeable solutions.

RC Day of Learning and Sharing: Healing Racial Trauma

October 1, 2019

Racial trauma is an inescapable by-product of persistent exposure to oppressive circumstances that emotionally, psychologically, and physically devastates one’s sense of self while simultaneously depleting one’s strategies for coping. It is a life altering and debilitating experience that affects countless numbers of people of color over multiple generations. Unfortunately, the failure to consider the interrelationship between racial oppression and trauma limits our ability to work effectively with People of Color. Even when work is trauma-informed, it rarely devotes adequate attention to racial oppression and the pervasive trauma associated with it.

RC Consult Group - ADVANCED! Transference & Countertransference Dynamics with Trauma Survivor Clients - Part 2

May 14, 2019

We got such great feedback on last year’s advanced Trainer Consult group on this topic and nearly everyone said they wished it was longer and wanted more …well, we heard you! This year we will do a 2.0 version of the topic, starting where we left off last year by exploring Transference and Countertransference (T/CT) from more angles. You don’t have to have attended last year, but if you did, there will be plenty of new stuff.

ADVANCED topics for RC Trainer Consult Groups are designed to meet the needs of longtime Trainers with many years of clinical experience. Of course, any RC Trainer can attend, but this Trainer Consult Group will be pitched at a higher level.

RC Consult Group - Grand Rounds Case Consultation

April 2, 2019

New this year!  RC Trainers will gather to look deeply at treatment cases through a Risking Connection, trauma-informed lens.  Trainers will have the opportunity to use the brain trust of their fellow RC Trainers peers to unpack, analyze, and design practical solutions for our most challenging cases…and we all know there are plenty of those. We may also choose a success case to explore intensely with the goal of learning what makes things go well, what specifically did we do to promote healing, and how to hone that secret sauce. TSI staff will facilitate the discussion but this is mostly a chance to learn from each other.

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