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.

Sitting Meditation:  A Tool for Building Capacity to Notice Our Reactions to Others

July 27, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - August 2021

As a reminder, the August 4th Monthly RC Mindfulness session has been cancelled as I will be on vacation. In place of the August session, the following post offers practice guidelines for August 4th (or whenever you like). These guidelines can be used to support individual or group practice for RC treaters. We will return to in-person Monthly RC Mindfulness on September 1st.

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The Practice of Noticing - Using Support Anchors

July 12, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - July 2021

Nearly 40 RC Trainers, Champions and staff attended the third RC Monthly Mindfulness session. This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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The Practice of Noticing

June 4, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - June 2021

More than 30 RC trainers, champions and staff attended the third RC Monthly Mindfulness session! This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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Gratitude Practice:  Fostering Hope and Connection

May 7, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - May 2021

More than 35 RC trainers, champions, and staff attended the second RC Monthly Mindfulness session! This blog offers a brief summary of the session, initial feedback from participants, and resources to advance learning and practice.

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Compassion Meditation, Antidote for Compassion Fatigue

April 12, 2021
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Monthly RC Mindfulness: Come Fill Your Cup - April 2021


More than 40 RC trainers, champions and staff attended the first RC Monthly Mindfulness session! We at TSI could not be more excited about the strong turnout for this new RC offering for client agencies. 

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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

September 30, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part III: Mindfulness for Trauma Treaters and Survivors – First, Do No Harm

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Mindfulness practice can support transformative healing. But it can also cause harm, especially for trauma survivors. Maximizing healing and minimizing harm is imperative for trauma-informed treaters and champions, so the emergence of trauma-sensitive mindfulness (TSM) is both timely and welcome.

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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

September 2, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part II: Mindfulness – Healing Racial Trauma

This is the second in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Both within our Risking Connection community and beyond it, delivering trauma-informed care (TIC) is an ethical imperative.

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Mindfulness Series:  Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

August 7, 2020
by John Engel, MA posted in Mindfulness

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Part I: Mindfulness – Finding Balance When the World is Upside Down

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the role of mindfulness in sustaining trauma-informed care.

Our Current Challenge

Adopting and sustaining trauma-informed care can be overwhelming. Senior leaders, managers and direct care staff must accept the reality that creating a culture of trauma-informed care is more journey than destination.

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