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.

Online ARTIC:  TIC Measurement Tool AND Implementation Booster

November 17, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research

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Successfully implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) is challenging. Successfully measuring TIC is equally challenging. But with the Online ARTIC you can do both.

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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

September 30, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part III: Mindfulness for Trauma Treaters and Survivors – First, Do No Harm

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Mindfulness practice can support transformative healing. But it can also cause harm, especially for trauma survivors. Maximizing healing and minimizing harm is imperative for trauma-informed treaters and champions, so the emergence of trauma-sensitive mindfulness (TSM) is both timely and welcome.

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5 Tips to Promote Successful TIC Measurement with the Online ARTIC

September 21, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research

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The Online ARTIC makes TIC assessment and program evaluation user-friendly. At the same time, it still requires thoughtful planning, staff time, and effort to get meaningful results.

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6 Easy Steps to Onboard the Online ARTIC for your TIC Assessment

September 9, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research

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Committing to trauma-informed care is the difficult part. With the Online ARTIC, measuring trauma-informed care is the easy part. Start today with 6 Easy Steps to Onboard the Online ARTIC.

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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

September 2, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part II: Mindfulness – Healing Racial Trauma

This is the second in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Both within our Risking Connection community and beyond it, delivering trauma-informed care (TIC) is an ethical imperative.

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The Delicate Balance of Training Foster Parents

August 21, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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As part of our Whole System Change Model, the Traumatic Stress Institute offers training to trainers of foster parents. This sort of training requires honoring the unique position and perspective of foster parents, and so it is a different situation than training staff.

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What Does a Trauma-Informed Culture Look Like?

August 13, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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The Traumatic Stress Institute is part of Klingberg Family Centers, a social service agency in New Britain, CT with a wide range of programs that support children and families struggling with issues of trauma.

While preparing my presentation for the Joint Commission Behavior Health Conference next week (it’s not too late to register!), I remembered that one of our proudest moments during our last survey was when the surveyor remarked that this was a special agency.
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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

August 7, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part I: Mindfulness – Finding Balance When the World is Upside Down

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Our Current Challenge

Adopting and sustaining trauma-informed care can be overwhelming. Senior leaders, managers and direct care staff must accept the reality that creating a culture of trauma-informed care is more journey than destination.

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Are We Asking the Right Questions?

July 14, 2020
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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Measuring Whether an Organization’s Trauma-Informed Care Efforts Are Working

As the movement toward trauma-informed care (TIC) continues to grow and evolve, organizations, systems, governing bodies, and funders are understandably asking, "How can we tell if we are making progress?" Many of us have experienced these powerful “aha” moments of TIC:

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ARTIC Scale Scores High as TIC Measure

July 1, 2020
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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While efforts to implement trauma-informed care are trending, TIC measurement is still in its infancy. So, as human service, education, and health organizations increasingly strive to become trauma-informed, it’s essential to measure whether desired results are being achieved.

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