Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Samm Winebrenner 
Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers 

Restorative Approach Basic Training 

The Restorative Approach™, newly updated in 2019, is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “point and level” systems for child congregate care settings.  Based on attachment theory and the principles of restorative justice, it answers the question, “Now that I understand how trauma affects children, what should I do on Monday?”

The Restorative Approach translates what we know about trauma, the brain, and how children heal into specific strategies for all treatment providers within the organization. When children display behaviors that hurt others and the community, rather than “doing time” or dropping levels, staff assigns learning and restorative tasks to help children learn skills and make amends. 

This training will cover:

  • Theory Behind the RA including Principles of Restorative Justice
  • Healing Attachment
  • Building an RA-Informed Milieu
  • Using the Milieu to Rebuild Brains
  • Responding to Problem Behaviors: When Children Hurt Others                                            
  • Common Questions about Restorative Tasks
  • Common Resistances to RA
  • Vicarious Trauma and RA

Training Fees

Fee includes the book Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Restorative Approach by Pat Wilcox, training packet, CE credits (optional at no extra cost), and lunch.

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.


Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development at Klingberg Family  Centers in New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™, a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method. She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work and at St. Joseph’s University. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach as well as several articles.

LaVerne Baker Hotep is a Program Coordinator for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers.  With over 30 years in social service and a special interest in historical and intergenerational trauma, she has co-lead training for various client serving agencies around the country. With members of Mediators Beyond Borders International, LaVerne has co-facilitated trauma response training in Liberia and South Sudan.

Previously, LaVerne served as a Family Development Specialist and Resource Navigator at the Kingsley Association in Pittsburgh, PA, serving Allegheny County’s East Liberty Family Center where she founded and continues to convene Me2 Sister Circle, an international trauma-informed self-care and enrichment group for women.   As former director of community education for the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh, PA, she initiated and convened culturally significant conferences to educate about trauma and its impact in vulnerable.

Elaine E. Liberato Jenkins, M.S., is a Program Coordinator focused on the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) sector for the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers. Elaine’s passion lies in advocacy for young children and their families –  especially those with special needs. She has a special interest in coaching and development of early childhood educators and community leadership. Elaine is an active member of the early childhood community in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina. She serves on several community advocacy committees that promote the health of families and their children, influencing local agencies and preschool programs to support children’s social and emotional development, as well as increasing awareness of early childhood trauma experiences to create inclusive learning settings, equity, and diversity.


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).