Monday, August 28, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Brad McClain, Executive Director, Tristate Trauma Network 
Tristate Trauma Network 

Trauma Responsive Care Certification Cohort 2023-2024 

The Tristate Trauma Network is committed to increasing the practice of trauma-responsive care in our community. TTN partners with the trauma experts at Finding Hope Consulting, LLC to provide a unique Trauma Certification to practitioners: Trauma-Responsive Care Certification (TRCC). Join us monthly on 8 dates, August 28, 2023. to March 13, 2024, for our 9th cohort!


TRCC TESTIMONIALS VIDEO - Listen to what Graduates of the Program Said About It

Finding Hope Consulting’s lead trainer, Mary Vicario, has been providing training and consultation to practitioners and organizations in the local community for over 25 years.  She has demonstrated her ability to translate cutting-edge neuroscience into easy-to-use, practical interventions.  

A few comments regarding past training for the TTN:      

“This training ROCKS!  Every agency needs this training!”        

“The Presenters are Great!”        

“Attending the training has provided resources and knowledge that encourages me to attain more training and education.”          

 “ I am a new clinician and this was not covered in grad school.  Everyone should have to  take this course for professional growth and harm reduction.”

"I've used this material so much." 

Finding Hope Consulting, LLC was founded by Mary Vicario in 2007 to address a training gap by translating the latest research on the neuroscience of trauma into everyday interventions for those working with individuals with complex trauma of all ages and ability levels. Finding Hope Consulting, LLC is comprised of experts in trauma responsive care that trains and consults nationally and internationally.  

Since 1992, Ms. Vicario has studied and participated in on-going continuing education at Harvard Medical School and with Harvard professors at Wellesley College, where they study and present.  Finding Hope consultants attend ongoing intensive training with the leading experts in trauma such as Bessel van der Kolk, Bruce Perry, Stephen Porges and Herbert Benson.  They hold certificates in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Child Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts and are Certified Trauma Specialists.

Finding Hope brings the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” to a whole new level with best practice grants, training and consulting with court systems, residential facilities, mental health and foster care agencies, boards of Developmental Disabilities (DD), and educational service centers to support communities in developing trauma responsive services that bridge systems of care and fosters natural supports in clinicians and those they serve.  Finding Hope believes organizations need to treat their staff the way they want their staff to treat their clients making self care a component of each training and consultation. Finding Hope is committed to remaining on the cutting edge of brain science research to provide tools to spread healing, resiliency and hope throughout communities across the globe.  

The “theory to practice” modules Mary and her team will be providing as part of the Trauma-Responsive Care Certification include consultation to help practitioners apply their learning in daily interactions with those they serve.  This is not a “train and go” certification model.  It is a, learn, practice, receive feedback, and master model. Below are the 8 modules that practitioners will participate in.  Except for the initial 2-day foundational training, all modules will be followed by approximately 2 hours of in-person, group consultation.  A total of 44 hours of training and consultation will be provided for certification candidates.  See module descriptions below. 

Download Module Descriptions  

Schedule of Trainings and Consultation:

**Sessions will take place via Zoom with content and lunch breaks. 

08/28/23 & 09/25/23, 9:00am-4:30pm – Modules 1-2: 2-day Foundational Training (Lunch 12:15-1pm)  

10/11/23, 9:00am-4:00pm – Module 3: "Where it all Begins: Trauma Informed Assessment"  followed by consultation time 

 11/15/23, 9:00am-4:00pm – Module 4: "The Top Five Resilience Factors and You:  Building Resiliency in Those We Serve and Ourselves" followed by consultation time 

12/4/23, 9:00am-4:00pm – Module 5: "Lying, Manipulating and Stealing, Oh My! Looking for Dopamine in all the Wrong Places:Interventions for Biologically Based Fear Responses"  followed by consultation time

1/29/24, 9:00am-4:00pm – Module 6: "Bringing Hope Home:The Three R’s of Successful Trauma Resolution" followed by consultation time 

2/14/24, 9:00am -4:00pm – Module 7:"Trauma Informed Supervision and Administration: Promoting Client Care and Self Care in a Trauma Informed Workplace" followed by consultation time

3/13/24, 9:00am-4:00pm – Module 8: "Putting it All Together:Relational and Sensory Based Interventions for Trauma Responsive Care" followed by review time and certification test. 

Upon completion of training and consultation hours, providers will complete a competency test and submit an application, if desiring to become certified.  Initial Certification will be good for 2 years.  After the first 2 years, certification can be renewed annually or bi-annually by submitting evidence of 6 or 12 CEU hours related to trauma-specific or trauma-informed care, and renewing of Individual membership with the Tristate Trauma Network. TRCC CERTIFICATION requires Individual Membership. 

Two levels of Certification are being provided:

1) Trauma-Responsive Care Certification - Level 1 - for BA level or non-clinical professionals

2) Trauma- Responsive Care Certification - Level 2 - for MA level clinicians (minumum of a Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.) Independent Licensure is not required for participation in this program.   

Certification Application to be completed at end of series can be found on our Certification page (see application for guidelines)   *In order to recieve certification, candidates must have an Individual TTN Membership by the time of application submission (currently $90). Membership is completed separately. Link to membership can be found on our Members page: www.tristatetraumanetwork.org/members        

NOTE: These modules have been approved as counting towards the OH Trauma-Informed Care Certificate. This designation has its own set of requirements and is governed by the State of Ohio.  Agencies in OH receiving state funding have been notified of this designation. 



$900 for 8-day Full Certification Series, Modules 1-8, AND Cetification Test and Application. If NOT taking test and applying for certification, cost is $850 for the Full Series.  

$175 ($150 for TTN Members with Discount Code) if taking the 2-day Foundational Training only on 11/4 & 12/2/22. 

If you have already completed the 2-day Foundational, cost is $800 for the remainder of the Series (6 days) PLUS Certification Test and Application.  

*Note: There is a Payment Plan available to make the Full Series payment in 4 installments. Please register as Pay By Check and send email to bmcclain@tristatetraumanetwork.org set this up. 

*CEUs are being provided for the training components only (30-32 hours) by the following Boards: IN Category 1; OH Counselors, Social Workers, and MFTs; and KY Social Workers. 

Feel free to email with any questions.  

Please join us in thanking our All Year Training & Event Sponsor and Collaborating Partner on the Series: Finding Hope Consulting, LLC


The Trauma-Responsive Care Certification series is limited to 90 clinicians.  Registration will close when capacity is reached or on August 18, 2023 whichever occurs sooner.  No refunds after 08/18/23.