Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Klingberg Family Centers 
Traumatic Stress Institute
Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood Street
New Britain, CT 06052

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Chris Greene 
Traumatic Stress Institute 

14th Annual RC Day of Learning and Sharing - October 13, 2020 


Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care

Training Description

Becoming trauma-informed treaters and agencies is both rewarding and difficult. And, as the Risking Connection community understands, the occupational hazards of stress, burn-out and vicarious trauma threaten the ability of treaters and organizations to sustain TIC over the long-term.

Trauma-sensitive mindfulness (TSM) offers a promising set of principles and practices that are compatible with trauma-informed care and the Risking Connection model. By fostering present moment awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, TSM can promote self-regulation, expand the window of tolerance, increase self-compassion (an important antidote to vicarious trauma), and much more.

This daylong training will provide an overview of trauma-sensitive mindfulness and the growing evidence-base for the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace, with direct implications for use with the RC trauma framework. The morning will include a presentation on the growing evidence-base of the benefits of mindfulness and implications for the Risking Connection community. The morning will also include partner and small group conversations linked to the presentation. In the afternoon, participants will be invited to engage in a range of mindfulness practices and will be able to choose from a number of options such as sitting and walking meditation, compassion meditation, yoga, and more. Mindfulness practice modifications that promote personal safety and racial equity, as well as resist re-traumatization, will be highlighted. Small and larger group discussions will be aimed at exploring ways that mindfulness practices can be integrated into the workplace to both help sustain TIC organizational change efforts and empower staff to thrive in the challenging environment of trauma treatment.



John Engel, MA, Program Coordinator at the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers, will serve as the lead facilitator, and will be joined by co-facilitators who will lead a variety of mindfulness practice sessions. John has maintained an on-again, off-again mindfulness practice for the past 25-years and formerly served on the faculty at Naropa University, where he taught leadership courses that were infused with mindfulness practice and thought.  More recently, John participated in the virtual Mindfulness at Work Summit, in 2018 and 2019, as well as the 6th Annual Mindful Leader Summit in Washington, D.C., which have inspired John to think deeply about the potential benefits of mindfulness for the Risking Connection community.

Training Cost

REGULAR REGISTRATION (After September 1st):  $180 ($200 with CE Credits)

PLEASE NOTE: This is an event intended for our RC Trainer community and a limited number of Klingberg employees. If you are not an RC Trainer or Klingberg employee, you may request to be added to our waiting list by contacting us at tsisupport@klingberg.com or 860-832-5562; space may be available.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is expected at the time of registration. We will refund the registration fee, minus a $30 processing fee, for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the training. No refunds will be made for cancellations inside two weeks.

Continuing Education Credits

This event is eligible for 5.5 CE Credit Hours and is a certified diversity training.

Satisfactory Completion. Participants must have paid the continuing education fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers. R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE Provider #1082 is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015- April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulartory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive continuing education clinical social work clock hours for participating in this course.

CA The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred the CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licenses. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers. 

NY R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapist. 

CA The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licenses. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers. 

Other States If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.  

Chemical Dependancy Counselors. Provider approved by NAADAC