"Risking Connection is a wonderful curriculum for training participants at all skill levels for work with survivors of sexual and physical abuse trauma. The beauty of the curriculum lies both in its inherent flexibility, allowing it to be used in a range of settings and formats and in its profound sensitivity to the complex pain experienced by surviors of abuse."
– Maxine Harris, Ph.D. Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician's Guide for Working with Women in Groups
"Anyone working in senior leadership within a residential setting knows the challenges of implementing sophisticated models of treatment among diverse staff. The Risking Connection Training Program offers you just that - an engaging, interactive forum in which staff learn a common language for trauma-informed treatment."
-Stephen Yerdon, L.I.C.S.W., Executive Director Devereaux, Massachusetts
"I have participated in this training and I have seen it work! Risking Connections is extremely valuable for workers in large public mental health systems, but it is equally effective for sensitizing staff in all other agencies that serve trauma survivors, such as welfare and social agencies."
– Jacki McKinney, Recovered Consumer / Survivor Independent Consultant, Women and Violence Study
"Risking Connection® is a long overdue and much needed resource. Its breadth and depth are quite astounding, yet has a flexibility and accessibility that will allow it to be used in a variety of service settings with a wide variety of professionals and paraprofessionals alike."
– Christine A Courtois, Ph.D. Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy
Sidran Institute (www.sidran.org) is a nonprofit organization founded by Kate Sidran in 1987. Esther Giller is the Chief Executive Officer.
This international organization specializes in forging collaborative, multidisciplinary responses to traumatized individuals and families in settings as diverse as state mental health systems, jails, urban neighborhoods, and faith communities.
Sidran Institute provides:
Esther Giller has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, NPR, MSNBC, CBS HealthWatch and other media.
Risking Connection® is Sidran Institute's flagship for helping organizations move towards trauma-responsive care and relationships.
This Nashville TN-based organization has worked with Risking Connection® since 2007 and is authorized to offer the program in multiple settings, including:
EP&A also offers other technical assistance and trainings on topics such as:
Located in New Britain, CT, the Traumatic Stress Institute is a national provider of training for Risking Connection. Klingberg previously offered RC training through TREATI, but now does so through its Traumatic Stress Institute.
This organization is authorized to provide Risking Connection in:
TSI also offers training in these others areas:
Our e-learning partner, Toolwire (www.Toolwire.com), specializes in products and services for Online Experiential Learning. The company’s award-winning Toolwire LearnScapes provide interactive, immersive online experiences to support the Risking Connection® training program. Toolwire jointly created these learning tools with Sidran’s subject matter experts and provides around the clock/around the globe hosting and learner support.
Kay Saakvitne, Ph.D., is adjunct faculty at the Smith School of Social Work and maintains a private practice. For over 13 years she was the Clinical Director at Trauma, Research, Education and Training Institute (TREATI), where she taught Risking Connection.
Sarah Gamble, Ph.D.,is in private practice in Simsbury, CT. Her work focuses on using positive psychology to provide a safe and supportive relationship so that clients' strengths can emerge.
Laurie Pearlman, Ph.D., formerly of TREATI, works to make sophisticated information about traumatic stress available to people without the on-going assistance of highly trained professionals. She has worked with Professor Ervin Staub in Rwanda since 1999.
Beth Tabor-Lev, Ph.D., is in private practice in Northampton, MA.
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