Sidran Institute

Sidran Institute ( 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:

  • Education and publications for professional and lay audiences
  • Trauma information, resources and
  • Self-care/mutual support programming.

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.

Authorized Risking Connection® Providers

EPower & Associates, Inc.

This Nashville TN-based organization has worked with Risking Connection® since 2007 and is authorized to offer the program in multiple settings, including:

  • Outpatient counseling centers
  • State and local agencies
  • Alcohol and drug treatment facilities
  • Residential and inpatient settings
  • Crisis intervention services and
  • Faith communities

EP&A also offers other technical assistance and trainings on topics such as:

  • Self-care
  • Self-inflicted injury
  • Dissociation
  • Organization Development
  • Symptom management and
  • Trauma-Responsive Systems Implementation.

Learn more about EPower & Associates' work with Risking Connection®.

Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers

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:

  • Congregate child care facilities
  • Therapeutic foster care organizations
  • State and local agencies.

TSI also offers training in these others areas:

  • The Restorative Approach
  • Vicarious Traumatization
  • Promoting Healthy Sexuality With High Risk Youth

Learn more about TSI of Klingberg’s work with Risking Connection®

E-Learning Partner

Our e-learning partner, Toolwire (, 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.


Risking Connection: Working with Survivors of Child Abuse

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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