Learning Opportunities

Risking Connection® creates a robust trauma-informed frame for many of the most-used interventions and processes This includes CBT, DBT and EMDR as well as methods for adapting education and workplace processes to a more trauma-responsive pattern.

20 Hour Risking Connection® for multiple audiences

Available in a variety of delivery options from half to full days based on application, staffing, and audience, this course helps you:

  • Utilize the Risking Connection® framework when supporting trauma survivors
  • Recognize the impact of traumatic events on people who survive them
  • Share the role and function of RICH® relationships
  • Notice your own reactions and use your self-awareness to help yourself and others
  • Provide better care for yourself in the area of managing vicarious traumatization

9 Hour Risking Connection® for Foster Parents

This instructor-led course is six sessions averaging 90 minutes each. Foster parents want to be there for the children and youth they serve—and this course helps them increase the tools in their toolkit, recognize their needs for self-care, and work with their childrens’ behavior from the Risking Connection® perspective. Helps reduce the trauma of being a foster parent and can make a powerful difference for children and families alike.

6 Hour Instructor led RICH® Relationships 101

An excellent addition to your conference, association meeting, or as a value-added in-service training, this program brings the highlights of the Risking Connection® relational frame in focus. Ideal for healthcare settings or people who will support frontline workers providing services. Available as a one-day event or two 3-hour sessions, this program covers these topics and more:

  • What people in emotional pain need
  • How RICH® relationships help
  • Attachment, distress, and the nervous system
  • How punishing feelings affects attachment

View a sample guide to the content and topics presented.

Other Services

Risking Connection® Application Training and Consulting

Highly customized trainings are currently available for agencies or groups of individuals who are working in the following fields:

  • Medicine and Allied Health
  • Residential Child and Adolescent Treatment Programs
  • Mental Health Service Delivery Programs
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Faith-Based and Ministry Programs

Application trainings offer instruction specific to the given work setting and teach use of the RC Essentials for

  • Managing and preventing trauma-related crises without re-traumatization
  • Managing trauma-related symptoms such as dissociation and flashbacks
  • Working in the context (that is, applying cases specific to the faith community, DV shelter/program, etc.)

Application training sessions can range from 6-20 hours, depending on the needs of the audience, organization, or work setting. Contact us to develop a follow-up training that is right for you.

Organizational Consulting

Risking Connection’s® organizational consulting process facilitates systemic change in environments where trauma survivors seek help:

  • Primary Care Practices
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Human Services Agencies
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Disaster Relief Services

Custom Training or Conference Presentations

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Reviews From Users

"It really offered an empathetic training that helped the practitioner to understand the attempts clients make (sometimes [with] symptomatology) to deal with trauma."

"It gives the health care professional a comprehensive tool to provide a therapeutic environment that does not completely deplete the provider."

"It taught me a great deal about looking at myself and the importance of self-care in order to care for others. I learned so much about trauma, crisis response, and the importance of strong client relationships."

"[It made it possible for me to] make a palpable connection to clients—which is what helps as much as anything."

"It utilizes an empathic, non-judgmental frame in which to talk about and work on client’s trauma and all of their relationships…."

"[This training included] many valuable concepts which are not necessarily included in other trainings I’ve been to, i.e., emphasis on self-care for therapists and understanding VT."

"[This training made it possible for me to] quite simply, become a better counselor and very importantly, learn how to protect myself from vicarious traumatization and subsequent burnout. I know how to empathize with myself so I can do a better job of it with my clients."