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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The Journey to Trauma-Informed Care: A BCBA's Perspective

December 1, 2023
by Jesse Padilla-Goryl posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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My name is Jesse Padilla-Goryl. I am a BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) working in adult services in rural, Western Colorado with Ariel Clinical Services, an agency that provides therapeutic foster care to youth, and residential, vocational, and therapeutic services to adults with IDD.

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What Does Trauma-Informed Care Look Like in IDD Organizations?  A Visual Tour

October 16, 2023
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, Measurement & Research, IDD Organizations

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In December 2022, three Connecticut-based Arc organizations embarked on a journey together to implement trauma-informed care (TIC) – not just with clinicians, not just a one-time training – but each as a whole organization aspiring to embed TIC into the fabric of their culture.

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SAMHSA Uses TSI Model as a Framework for its Newest Trauma-Informed Care Report

August 17, 2023
by Steve Brown, PsyD

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It is widely accepted that the roots of trauma-informed care (TIC) as a concept and as a movement grew in the soil conceived and nurtured by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a bureau of the US federal government. In the years since the Dare to Vision conference in 1994, SAMHSA has produced three seminal publications that have defined, outlined, and tracked the evolution of the theory and practice of a trauma-informed approach (TIA).

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A Treater’s Approach to Building Healthy Attachment with Trauma Survivors

August 11, 2023
by Elaine Liberato Jenkins posted in Whole-System Change

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In my new role as a Program Coordinator with the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers, I facilitated a workshop entitled A Treater’s Approach to Building Healthy Attachment with Trauma Survivors that focused on how our attachment styles influence treaters when working with trauma survivors.

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Utilizing Program Evaluation to Transition Trauma-Informed Care from Concept to Practice

July 10, 2023
by Tasha Reece, M.S. posted in Measurement & Research

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Program evaluation using an empirically-validated instrument like the Traumatic Stress Institute’s Online ARTIC Scale (ARTIC stands for Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care) gives you insight into whether the training modality you choose is effective for your staff/agency.  “Trauma-informed care” has become a commonly-used term in healthcare settings as research further supports the impact that past trauma has on an individual’s ability to cope with stress (Gokhale et al., 2020). 

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New! The Online ARTIC Admin Support Site

June 22, 2023
by Online ARTIC Team posted in Measurement & Research

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Data driven decision making is an important part of implementing trauma informed care and achieving desired outcomes. What are the options for organizations that don’t have the capacity to conduct a full program evaluation on their own? The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) created the Online ARTIC dashboard and an admin resource hub to address that very issue.

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Why Trauma-Informed Care for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Organizations?

May 8, 2023
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change, IDD Organizations

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As ABA and IDD providers recognize the centrality of trauma in the lives of those they support, the natural next question is, “So what do we do about it?”

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FREE Webinar: Trauma-Assumed Behavior Analysis for People with IDD

April 19, 2023
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in IDD Organizations

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The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) is excited to bring you a free webinar highlighting the work of Greg Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA. In 2020, TSI made the strategic decision to offer our trauma-informed care (TIC) training and consultation services to organizations in the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) sector. We have or currently are working with eight IDD organizations, helping them embed TIC within the fabric of their organizational cultures.

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Early Head Start/Head Start American Rescue Plan & Trauma-Informed Care

February 22, 2023
by Elaine Liberato Jenkins posted in Whole-System Change, Measurement & Research, Head Start

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Early Head Start/Head Start American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act grant recipients are facing challenges regarding how to spend down ARP funding by March 31, 2023. While initial funds were a critical lifeline to child care programs during the worst of the pandemic, there's still plenty that can be done to create stability in programs for the long-term; grant recipients know the importance of building workplace environments that are safe, equitable, trustworthy, and that support healing. 

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Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Early Head Start/Head Start Programs

February 14, 2023
by Elaine Liberato Jenkins posted in Whole-System Change, Head Start

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My experience with Office of Head Start programs began in 2015 as an Early Childhood Mental Health consultant. I learned in that role just how vital it is for Early Childhood programs to provide quality early childhood services that promote school readiness, encourage family and community engagement, and – most importantly – build resilience in families, children, and staff.

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