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.

John Engel, MA

John Engel is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of the Klingberg Family Centers, where he serves as a trainer and consultant for client agencies adopting whole system change to trauma-informed care. John also facilitates strategic change initiatives and product development for TSI, including development and launch of the Online ARTIC Scale. Additionally, John has been piloting mindfulness in the workplace, including design and delivery of a national training webinar entitled Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care, design and facilitation of a day-long virtual training event, Mindfulness: The Inner Work of Racial Healing and Trauma-Informed Care, and a Monthly RC Mindfulness pilot in 2021. Since 2011, John has written a monthly column, The Fatherhood Journey, for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, with a mission of promoting public and private conversations about fatherhood.

Recent Posts

Sitting Meditation:  A Tool for Building Capacity to Notice Our Reactions to Others

July 27, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - August 2021

As a reminder, the August 4th Monthly RC Mindfulness session has been cancelled as I will be on vacation. In place of the August session, the following post offers practice guidelines for August 4th (or whenever you like). These guidelines can be used to support individual or group practice for RC treaters. We will return to in-person Monthly RC Mindfulness on September 1st.

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The Practice of Noticing - Using Support Anchors

July 12, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - July 2021

Nearly 40 RC Trainers, Champions and staff attended the third RC Monthly Mindfulness session. This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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The Practice of Noticing

June 4, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - June 2021

More than 30 RC trainers, champions and staff attended the third RC Monthly Mindfulness session! This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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Gratitude Practice:  Fostering Hope and Connection

May 7, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - May 2021

More than 35 RC trainers, champions, and staff attended the second RC Monthly Mindfulness session! This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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Head Start: Measuring Trauma-Informed Care with the ARTIC Scale

April 20, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research, Head Start

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Head Start agencies across the U.S. are increasingly focused on the prevalence of childhood adversity and trauma impacting the children and families they serve. Many agencies have leveraged Federal Head Start Quality Improvement funds (and continue to do so) to both implement and evaluate trauma-informed care (TIC) initiatives.

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Compassion Meditation, Antidote for Compassion Fatigue

April 12, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - April 2021


More than 40 RC trainers, champions and staff attended the first RC Monthly Mindfulness session! We at TSI could not be more excited about the strong turnout for this new RC offering for client agencies. 

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Trauma-Informed Resources for Early Childhood Programs

March 10, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research, Head Start

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In recent years, trauma-informed care has become the standard of care in behavioral health, residential treatment, healthcare and K-12 school systems. Now early childhood programs are increasingly becoming trauma-informed in their work with young children and families.  As with trauma-informed care in general, there is so much information available on the internet that it can be difficult knowing where to start.

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Head Start Study Highlights Important Role of Trauma-Informed Attitudes

February 25, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Measurement & Research, Head Start

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Head Start and Early Head Start continue to lead the way in promoting school readiness and family engagement for vulnerable young children. It’s no surprise, then, that Head Start is increasingly focused on implementing trauma-informed care as highlighted in its Guidance to Implementing Trauma-Informed Care brief, noting that:

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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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