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

March 10, 2022 / by Steve Brown, PsyD

 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:
  • People with IDD are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of violent crime compared to people who are not disabled (Harrell, 2017)
  • 31% of children with IDD suffer child abuse compared to 9% of non-disabled children (Sullivan & Knudson, 2000)
  • 14% of direct care staff admitted to acts of violence against adults with IDD and 35% said they had witnessed such violence (Strand, Benzein, & Saveman, 2004)

Yet few IDD organizations train their staff about trauma, address trauma in the people they support, or recognize how re-traumatization can happen in their programs.

Trauma-informed care (TIC), widely viewed as best practice in the human services, refers to a whole-system approach to addressing the reality of trauma in the people being supported through staff training, trauma-specific treatments, trauma-inform behavioral support, and policy changes. Implementation of TIC has been shown to increase staff retention, decrease restraints, and decrease abuse allegations.

FREE Webinar

Join us for a 60-minute webinar that will ground you in the basics of TIC as it applies to IDD organizations and systems. But more importantly, it will discuss how TIC could strengthen your organization, offer a model for implementing TIC, AND explain how to determine your readiness to make this rewarding (and challenging) change.

You will walk away from the webinar with a TIC readiness assessment tool to take back to your organization to evaluate whether this change is right for you.

Register for April 5, 2022 3-4 p.m.  


Register for April 18, 2022 3-4 p.m.

The Traumatic Stress Institute's (TSI) mission is to foster the transformation of organizations and systems to trauma-informed care through whole-system consultation, training, coaching, and research. A global leader in the TIC movement, TSI currently supports over 85 agencies in the US, Canada, and beyond in implementing and sustaining TIC. It currently is leading a first-of-its-kind 16-month TIC Learning Collaborative for 4 IDD organizations from across the country.


Steve Brown, Psy.D., Director, Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers

Sabrina Demsky-Cameron, MSW, LCSW., Risking Connection Faculty Trainer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Clinical Officer, Ädelbrook, Inc.


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Tags: Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

Steve Brown, PsyD

Written by 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.