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.

March


RC Basic

March 18-20, 2020 

This training has been suspended due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information to come.

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

 March 25-27, 2020

This training has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Those enrolled in this training have been rescheduled for our July RC Train-the-Trainer.

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.

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.

April


RC Recertification

April 21, 2020
This training has been suspended due to COVID-19. Those enrolled may attend the October Recert or another Recert TBA.

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.

May


RC Consult Group - Tapping into Our Creativity and Playfulness via Improv

May 12, 2020

This training has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information to come.

Don’t freak out; this may just be the most enjoyable and hilarious RC Trainer Consult Group we’ve ever done. Laughter, silliness, and stepping slightly outside your comfort zone can be the perfect antidote to VT.  After this Consult Group, you’ll be saying, “I can’t believe I got to do that on work time!”

Sea Tea Comedy Theater staff will take RC Trainers through a variety of exercises and games to build confidence in public speaking, foster creativity…but mostly just to have fun! You may also discover some activities that you can take back and use in your own trainings.

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).

June


RC Consult Group - Behavior Management Consultation

June 9, 2020 (rescheduled from original date of April 7th)

This training has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information to come.

We introduced a case consultation group last year,  and again this year RC Trainers will gather to look deeply at 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. 

As leaders, you may find that people often agree with a trauma-informed philosophy in the abstract. However, commitment to a trauma-informed approach can break down when a youth, or an adult, hurts another person. In this consultation group we encourage participants to share dilemmas about behavior management.  We will apply our collective wisdom to addressing those dilemmas. 

July


RC Train-the-Trainer

July 15-17, 2020

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.

August


RC Basic

August 26-28, 2020

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.

September


Distant RC Trainer Webinar - Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma: How to Use Awareness of Race as an RC Trainer

September 15, 2020

When we think trauma, we think sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence. We rarely think about the impact of overt racism, the daily indignities and slights of living in a racialized world, and the intergenerational effects of historical traumas such as slavery. Therefore, you can’t really be trauma-informed unless you are race-informed. To do this, we must unpack how we all, whites and people of color, are racially socialized and how to counteract its legacy. This webinar will take on these critically important issues and discuss how it applies to the content of Risking Connection and presenting RC trainings.

October


RC Day of Learning and Sharing - Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

October 13, 2020

Becoming trauma-informed treaters and agencies is both rewarding and difficult. And, as the Risking Connection community understands, the occupational hazards of stress, burn-out and vicarious trauma threaten the ability of treaters and organizations to sustain TIC over the long-term.

Trauma-sensitive mindfulness (TSM) offers a promising set of principles and practices that are compatible with trauma-informed care and the Risking Connection model. By fostering present moment awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, TSM can promote self-regulation, expand the window of tolerance, increase self-compassion (an important antidote to vicarious trauma), and much more.

RC Recertification

October 27, 2020

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.

November


RC Basic

November 4-6, 2020

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

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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