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.

September


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.

RC Recertification

September 17, 2020

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

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information and materials related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

RC Recertification

September 23, 2020

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

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information and materials related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

RC Recertification

September 29, 2020

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

This training offers an intensive learning and practice experience aimed at helping RC Trainers teach the RC Basic Training with fidelity to the model. The training: provides updated information and materials related to teaching RC; reviews critical components of the RC Basic Training; expands and deepens learning about RC concepts; discusses implementation of trauma-informed care; and helps trainers reflect on and address their vicarious trauma and that of the staff with whom they work. This training is open only to RC Trainers and is required every two years.

October


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 will be held virtually.

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.

November


Virtual RC Basic

November 4-6, 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.

December


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.

RC Consult Group - 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).

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