Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM EDT
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Samm Winebrenner 
Traumatic Stress Institute 

Virtual RC Train-the-Trainer - March 28-30, 2023 

The RC Train-the-Trainer is the avenue by which organizations and systems can implement and sustain trauma-informed care via the RC training program. Organizations that have met the requirements for adopting RC as a training model can train selected staff to be RC Associate Trainers. These trainers train RC within their organization on an ongoing basis. This event is open only to RC Client Agencies.

Training Description

The training covers the skills needed to effectively teach the RC Basic training.  At the training, there will be some time spent on reviewing RC concepts. However, the majority of time will be spent learning HOW to teach RC. Trainers will be expected to practice teach to their peers and the Faculty Trainers in a supportive learning environment.  Particular focus is placed on helping participants exemplify as a trainer the relational concept of RICH (Respect, Information, Connection, and Hope) central to the RC approach. 

Participants will learn and practice a variety of teaching techniques including didactic lecture, small group activities, large group discussions, and role plays.  Because the material in Risking Connection challenges the treatment approaches used in many mental health and education settings, the training addresses how to teach and model a paradigm shift as well as field challenging questions and comments.

Training Cost

Per Person Training Fee:  $930

Fee covers materials and (optional) CE Credits.


We will refund the registration fee minus a $30 processing fee for cancellations two weeks prior to the training.  No refunds will be made for cancellations inside two weeks. A refund is given if the participant does not pass the knowledge test.  

Space is limited to 24 registrants.

Preparation for Train-the-Trainer

Before attending the training, participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the basic concepts in Risking Connection. 

Participants need to pass a knowledge test in order to gain entrance to the Train-the-Trainer.  The content for the test is drawn from a study guide we send to you upon registration. Advance preparation IS necessary for people to pass the test. Participants will have two chances to pass.  We will send detailed instructions for taking the test.

Requirements for Adopting the Risking Connection Trauma Training Program

Organizational/System Requirements 

The Risking Connection approach represents a paradigm shift from the treatment models used in most mental and behavioral health settings.  Risking Connection is consistent with the principles of trauma-informed care and can be used to implement and sustain a trauma-informed system of care within organizations.  Implementing trauma-informed care in human service settings is a challenging process requiring a shift of culture in the wider organization. Isolated Risking Connection training without wider organizational or system buy-in is generally unsuccessful in promoting change in knowledge, beliefs, or organizational practice. For these reasons, we have developed the following organizational requirements:

  1. Unless a client agency of the Traumatic Stress Institute prior to 2018, organizations must implement RC training as part of the TSI's Whole-System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care.
  2. The organization/system must agree to conduct RC trainings in the following manner:
    • RC trainings must be a minimum of 16 hours training time (not including breaks and lunch)
    • RC trainings must be led by at least one RC Associate Trainer with an advanced degree in mental health or human services.
    • RC Associate Trainers must use the training outline in the Teaching Manual for Risking Connection as the basic structure for their trainings.  Within the basic structure, adaptations are permitted.
    • RC Trainings can have no more than 40 participants.
    • RC training must use at least 2 RC Associate Trainers unless there are unusual extenuating circumstances.

3.  Organizations/systems must comply with the credentialing standards for RC Associate Trainers outlined in the section below.

 Credentialing Requirements for Risking Connection Associate Trainers

Training Risking Connection successfully requires RC Associate Trainers to have a foundation of knowledge, clinical experience, an ownership of the approach, and skill as a presenter. Effective dissemination of RC requires that RC Associate Trainers teach RC in a way that maintains fidelity to the model.  Below are the credentialing requirements for RC Associate Trainers.  To be an RC Associate Trainer, the person must: 

  • Have completed the RC Basic Training either at the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) or at the organization that is already using RC
  • Pass a knowledge test prior to attending the Train-the-Trainer.
  • Have an advanced degree in the mental health or human services field OR be at an organization/system where half of the RC Associate Trainers have advanced degrees.
  • Attend a recertification training every two years. 
  • RC Trainers must attend at least 2 RC Trainer events per year (all events are currently virtual due to COVID). Recertification training counts as one of these 2 events during a Recert year. See events page of the TSI website for details and upcoming training.

Please Note

  • Participants designated by their organization/system to be RC Associate Trainers, who have met the above credentialing requirements, will earn a certificate that grants a limited license to teach RC in the organization and programs named in the certificate only.
  • RC Associate Trainers are not permitted to provide RC training outside of the organization/system/program without approval from TSI.
  • The organization/system/program is not permitted to open internal trainings to participants other than staff of the organization/system/program unless arranged through TSI.
  • The license applies only to the individual who earns certification as long as he or she is employed by the named organization. If the RC Associate Trainer leaves the organization, their RC Trainer status is revoked. Additional/replacement RC Trainers must satisfactorily complete the RC TTT course before providing RC training for the organization.

Continuing Education Credits and Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance

All attendees who attend all three days of training will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Certificates will be issued via email within a few weeks of training completion. Please provide a copy of your certificate to your agency and keep it for your records.

CE Credit Satisfactory Completion

CE Credits stands for Continuing Education Credits, which licensed staff (e.g. therapists) need in order to maintain their credential. The cost for CE Credits is included in your registration fee. If you need Continuing Education Credits, a link to the request form will be shared both prior to and during the training. 

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive CE Credits. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. Partial credit is not available. No exceptions will be made. Requests for duplicate or replacement CE Certificates may result in additional fees.

Cosponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) - ivatcenters.org/continuing-education

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) provides American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education courses to social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors. APA approval satisfies requirements for different disciplines in many states; however, requirements vary. Please check with your state credentialing Board. Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737).