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.

The Delicate Balance of Training Foster Parents

August 21, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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As part of our Whole System Change Model, the Traumatic Stress Institute offers training to trainers of foster parents. This sort of training requires honoring the unique position and perspective of foster parents, and so it is a different situation than training staff.

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What Does a Trauma-Informed Culture Look Like?

August 13, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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The Traumatic Stress Institute is part of Klingberg Family Centers, a social service agency in New Britain, CT with a wide range of programs that support children and families struggling with issues of trauma.

While preparing my presentation for the Joint Commission Behavior Health Conference next week (it’s not too late to register!), I remembered that one of our proudest moments during our last survey was when the surveyor remarked that this was a special agency.
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Trouble in the Team

June 26, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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Angela is very upset. As the Coordinator of the Group Home she has worked hard to be supportive and caring towards her staff. She has been proud of her team, their good relationships, and their low turnover. She has provided many staff recognition and fun activities. But lately she is hearing only complaints. A recent staff survey revealed that staff feels that management undercuts them with the youth. Staff have issues with her, the unit supervisor, and the therapist. Furthermore, Angela is starting to not like the staff much, either. The team has asked for an outside consultation.

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Creating a Trauma-Informed “New Normal”

June 19, 2020
by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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What exactly does “new normal” mean? It is an expression that has become mainstream vernacular since the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the field of trauma response and recovery, it is a term that has long been used to provide hope for survivors.

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Healing Historical Trauma

June 9, 2020
by Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, DCNCCM posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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White People Need to Own Our Discomfort

For those of us who are white, the role we find ourselves occupying is that of white supremacy. In her book, What Does It Mean To Be White?, Robin DiAngelo describes white supremacy as:

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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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Trauma-Informed Care and the Stress of COVID-19

May 11, 2020
by Traumatic Stress Institute Staff posted in Crisis Response, Whole-System Change

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We are all under noticeably increased stress in this time of the COVID-19 virus changing our lives. We have many things to attend to, from the practical to the personal to the emotional. Our organizations are confronting immediate and longer term challenges from closed programs, potential layoffs, and financial uncertainty.

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Tips for Starting Trauma-Informed Care Now

May 7, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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Looking to begin your program's transformation to trauma-informed care but don't know where to start? Or don't have the funding to invest in a whole-system change initiative right now? Here are some suggestions:

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The Benefits of Trauma-Informed Care

May 6, 2020
by Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW posted in Whole-System Change

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Are you wondering what a trauma-informed care initiative could do for your agency? Trauma-informed care has become a catch phrase of sorts, but what does it really mean? Here's a brief overview of what the change process looks like and what it could feel like for your staff.

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