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.

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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 Whole-System Change

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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 Whole-System Change

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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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    Trouble in the Team

    June 26, 2020
    by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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    Angela is very upset. As the Coordinator of the Group Home she has worked hard to be supportive and caring towards her staff. She has been proud of her team, their good relationships, and their low turnover. She has provided many staff recognition and fun activities. But lately she is hearing only complaints. A recent staff survey revealed that staff feels that management undercuts them with the youth. Staff have issues with her, the unit supervisor, and the therapist. Furthermore, Angela is starting to not like the staff much, either. The team has asked for an outside consultation.

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    Creating a Trauma-Informed “New Normal”

    June 19, 2020
    by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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    What exactly does “new normal” mean? It is an expression that has become mainstream vernacular since the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the field of trauma response and recovery, it is a term that has long been used to provide hope for survivors.

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    Healing Historical Trauma

    June 9, 2020
    by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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    White People Need to Own Our Discomfort

    For those of us who are white, the role we find ourselves occupying is that of white supremacy. In her book, What Does It Mean To Be White?, Robin DiAngelo describes white supremacy as:

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