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.

Steve Brown, PsyD

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. A clinical psychologist, he is a primary architect of TSI’s internationally-recognized whole-system change process to trauma-informed care. He is a co-creator, with Dr. Courtney Baker, of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale, one of the first psychometric measures of TIC. He trains professionals nationally on psychological trauma and trauma-informed care. In addition to being a psychologist, he is a long time sexuality educator/trainer and author of Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, a sexuality education curricula used internationally by agencies and schools serving high-risk youth.

Recent Posts

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in IDD Organizations & Systems - FREE Webinar

March 10, 2022
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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  Dr. Karyn Harvey , noted expert on trauma with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) argues, “Trauma in people with IDD is the elephant in the room.” The statistics are harrowing:
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TIC National Learning Collaborative for IDD Organizations Hits its Halfway Point

March 9, 2022
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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We have reached the halfway point of an innovative TIC initiative in the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) sector.  So, it seemed like a good time to share out some of our achievements, challenges, and lessons learned so far.

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ARTIC Administrations Top 150,000 Globally

January 24, 2022
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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In 2015 the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI), in partnership with Dr. Courtney Baker of Tulane University, noticed a research-to-practice gap in the trauma-informed care (TIC) field. In short, TIC interventions of all sorts were trending, while at the same time there was limited empirical evidence to quantify the impact of TIC.

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TSI Seeking Faculty Trainers for Risking Connection for IDD Organizations

November 30, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers is seeking to hire contracted Faculty Trainers for our Risking Connection Trauma Training as adapted for organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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ARTIC Scale: Leading the Way in Trauma-Informed Care Assessment

August 31, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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In August 2021, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare officially added the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale to their list of evidence-based measurement tools for child welfare. The ARTIC Scale received an assessment rating of A – Psychometrics Well-Demonstrated,” the highest rating offered by the CEBC. It is the only measure of trauma-informed care (TIC) listed on the CEBC.

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2021:  A Big Year in the Literature on Trauma and IDD

July 23, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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If there was ever any doubt that the IDD field is recognizing the critical importance of trauma, three brand new articles in the academic literature have put that to rest. They are all scoping reviews which summarize the professional literature on a particular topic and attempt to synthesize the current state of knowledge.

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IDD Organizations Selected for TIC Learning Collaborative

July 9, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) is excited to announce the four agencies participating in the first-of-its-kind Pilot Trauma-Informed Care Learning Collaborative for Organizations Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

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ARTIC Scale Accepted on California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)

February 9, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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The Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale has been approved for inclusion on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, a nationally recognized registry of evidence-based practices and measurement tools recommended for use in child welfare settings. CEBC’s mission is to advance the use of those practices and tools in child welfare settings by identifying, selecting, and maintaining an online clearinghouse of the tools.

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Pilot TIC Learning Collaborative for Organizations Serving People with IDD

February 5, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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In Spring 2021, the Traumatic Stress Institute will convene a 12- to 16-month  Pilot Learning Collaborative for organizations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)  that are interested in implementing trauma-informed care (TIC). TSI is uniquely positioned to convene this Learning Collaborative, having helped more than 70 organizations across North America embed TIC into the fabric of their organizations.
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How TIC Measurement Drives TIC Change

January 26, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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Organizations often see measurement and program evaluation as a luxury or something extra to do - they'll do it if they have extra cash or if it's required by a grant or a change package they purchase. It’s viewed as something that will tell them at the end whether the intervention moved the needle.

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