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

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

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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

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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

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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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Second Validity Study on ARTIC Scale Published in APA Journal

January 12, 2021
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Measurement & Research

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A large-scale study with 1,395 human service providers, health professionals, and educators from 17 different settings established further support for the psychometric properties of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale. The study entitled “Validation of the Attitudes Related to Trauma Informed Care Scale (ARTIC)”—by lead author Courtney Baker, Ph.D. from Tulane University and a team of others—was published online in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, a journal of the American Psychological Association (APA).

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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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First Nations - Lessons Learned

May 27, 2020
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change

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Supporting Trauma-Informed Transformation in Settings Serving First Nation Communities

Beginning in 2010, the Traumatic Stress Institute began supporting the Yukon Territory (Canada) child welfare system to make the transition to trauma-informed care (TIC).

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