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, since October 2011 John has promoted public and private conversations about fatherhood through the Fatherhood Journey, a monthly column appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and at www.fatherhoodjourney.com.

Recent Posts

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

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

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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.  As promised, this blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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Trauma-Informed Resources for Early Childhood Programs

March 10, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Whole-System Change, Measurement & Research

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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

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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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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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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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