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, 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, primary and family medical care, peer recovery programs, faith communities, residential care, and therapeutic schools.
Risking Connection is a foundational trauma training program that grew out of a consumer trauma survivor lawsuit against the state of Maine. 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 as critical to healing (vicarious traumatization)
- 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:
- 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.
- Use strength-based, present-focused relationships to support healing.
- 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.
- Reflection of beliefs favorable to trauma-informed care and trauma-responsiveness.
- 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 (where these are employed).
- Decreases in staff turnover related to the impact of vicarious trauma.
- Shifts in service recipient ratings of provider guidance, collaboration, and understanding of problems and other markers indicating increases in trauma-responsiveness.
- Increase in context-specific indicators of positive interactions and quality in relationships among service providers and recipients.
For the trauma victims, the goals include to:
- Reduce stigma.
- Reduce behavior management techniques that are coercive.
- Increase the ability to regulate emotions, to develop and use inner connections, and to feel worthy of life.
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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
- Name: Bonnie L. Green, PhD
- Agency/Affiliation: Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community
- Website: ctc.georgetown.edu
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (202) 687-6529
- Agency/Affiliation: Sidran Corporation
- Website: www.riskingconnection.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (410) 825-8888
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2013
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2014
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2012