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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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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Tapping into Our Creativity and Playfulness via Improv

November 30, 2022
by Steve Brown, PsyD posted in Whole-System Change

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Setting the Scene

Way back in 2019, I took a series of Improv classes at a place called Happier Valley Comedy where I live in Western Massachusetts. How brave of me, right? On Tuesday nights a group – ages 15 to 65 – that started out as strangers would gather to engage in a smorgasbord of improvisational games and activities.

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The Integration of Anti-Racism into TIC Training: Process and Discoveries - Part Two

June 17, 2022
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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As we discussed in a previous blog post, the Traumatic Stress Institute recognized that while our curriculum included some discussion of social justice, there was much more we could do to focus on and foster discussion about racism.  We understand that it is impossible to separate trauma and racism; racism is a common source of trauma.

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Mindful Listening for RC Treaters

June 7, 2022
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup – June 2022 

This month, RC Trainers, Champions and staff participated in mindful listening practices. This blog offers a brief summary of the session and resources to support your own practice.  This practice may also be a good introduction to mindfulness practices for those who've not yet tried it.

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Embodiment Practice to Promote Feelings Awareness

May 13, 2022
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup – May 2022

RC Trainers, Champions and staff from Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond, joined us for our May RC Monthly Mindfulness session, including 9 new staff participating in a New Employee Orientation session at TSI’s home agency, Klingberg Family Centers. A recording of each session is available to registrants. This blog offers a brief summary of the session and resources to support your own practice.

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The Integration of Anti-Racism into Trauma-Informed Care Training: Process and Discoveries - Part 1

April 6, 2022
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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The Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers (TSI) offers a transformation method to help organizations move toward more trauma-informed care. TSI currently serves 86 agencies in North America and our clients include treatment agencies, schools, head start providers, juvenile justice providers, and hospitals, amongst others.

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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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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge – Gratitude Meditation

February 11, 2022
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge officially ended Wednesday, February 9. During the (optional) weekly Challenge Zoom session we engaged in a guided gratitude practice, and shared reflections on the importance of gratitude in our daily lives. This post includes a brief summary of the event and resources to sustain your personal practice.

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