About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Risking Connection® has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Trauma Treatment (Adult), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.
Target Population: Organizations with professionals and paraprofessionals, and others who work with survivors of traumatic life events, especially those with histories of childhood trauma These organizations work with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including: inpatient and outpatient mental health foster care, hospitals, peer recovery programs, after school programs, community outreach, faith communities, residential care, juvenile justice, and therapeutic schools.
Risking Connection is a foundational trauma training program that grew out of a consumer trauma survivor lawsuit. It is based on constructivist self-development theory (CSDT), an integrative theory drawing on attachment theory, relational psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychopathology, and theory of cognitive schemas. Risking Connection provides a way for organizations and systems to change their culture to one that is trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. It uses a train-the-trainer model of dissemination whereby organizations gain the internal capacity to conduct Risking Connection trainings and sustain a trauma-informed culture.
This model emphasizes:
- A framework for understanding common trauma symptoms
- A common inclusive language
- Relationships as the primary agent of change
- Respect for, and care of, both the client and the service provider (vicarious traumatization) as critical to healing
- Strategies and tools to support adoption of the model in clinical, social, and organizational processes
The goals of the Risking Connection training program are to train organizations to do the following:
- Utilize the Risking Connection framework to respond to the impact of traumatic life events
- Frame common symptoms and behaviors as adaptations to traumatic life events
- Respond to survivors of traumatic experiences from a strengths-based approach
- Demonstrate collaborative crisis management that reduces the risk of re-traumatization
- Demonstrate increased self-awareness of their reactions to individual clients
- Integrate knowledge of the impact of vicarious traumatization in the formulation of organizational and individual self-care plans
- Create trauma-responsive cultures including policies, processes, and people systems
Expected organizational outcomes include:
- Knowledge of content and models essential to Risking Connection
- Shift in beliefs favorable to trauma-informed care
- Demonstration of behaviors aligned with trauma-informed care
- Changes in professional quality of life including an increase in compassion satisfaction, decrease in burn out, and a decrease in secondary (or vicarious) traumatic stress
- Responses that reduce the use of restraints and seclusion at organizations
- Decreases in staff turnover, staff injuries from client management, increase in staff satisfaction with job
- Increases in foster parent retention and decrease in foster placement disruptions
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Essential Components, Published Relevant Peer-Reviewed Research, Education and Training Resources, etc.
- Name: Elizabeth Power, M.Ed.
- Agency/Affiliation: Trauma Informed Response/EPower & Associates, inc.
- Website: www.traumainformedresponse.com/Services.html
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (615) 714-6389
- Name: Steven Brown, PsyD
- Agency/Affiliation: Klingberg Family Centers
- Website: traumaticstressinstitute.org/services/risking-connection-training
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (413) 218-3293
- Agency/Affiliation: Sidran Corporation
- Website: www.riskingconnection.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (410) 825-8888
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2013
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2014
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2012