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.

2020 Training Events by Month

Please Note: Only Risking Connection (RC) and Restorative Approach (RA) Basic trainings are open to the public. All other events listed are available only to our Client Agencies. Interested in learning more about our program? Click here for information.


Virtual RC Basic

October 27-29, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training will be held virtually.

The Risking Connection (RC) Basic training is an 18-hour foundational trauma training. It is a centerpiece of the Traumatic Stress Institute’s Whole Systems Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care that organizations and service systems can adopt to implement and sustain trauma-informed care. This training is open to all.


RC Train-the-Trainer

November 17-19, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training will be held virtually.

The RC Train-the-Trainer is the avenue by which organizations and systems can implement and sustain trauma-informed care via the RC training program. Organizations that have met the requirements for adopting RC as a training model can train selected staff to be RC Associate Trainers. These trainers train RC within their organization on an ongoing basis. This event is open only to RC Client Agencies.


Local RC Trainer Webinar - A Deep Dive into Symptoms as Adaptations and the Healing Power of Validation

December 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this training will be held virtually.

This consult group 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).

Distant RC Trainer Webinar - Staff Retention and Sustainability

December 9, 2020

As you work toward sustaining a trauma-sensitive environment, staff turnover can be a major challenge for organizations. In addition, sustaining a trauma-informed approach is difficult in a punitive world. When staff are experiencing vicarious trauma and are feeling discouraged or unsafe, they may tend to revert to a punishment-based approach. This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from a panel of RC Associate Trainers that have implemented Risking Connection programming for 7 plus years. They will share strategies that reduced staff turnover as well as creative steps they’ve taken to sustain Risking Connection on a systemic level.