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Faculty Expert Team for Pilot Trauma-Informed Care Learning Collaborative for IDD Organizations


In Spring 2021, the Traumatic Stress Institute will convene a 12- to 16-month Pilot Learning Collaborative for organizations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that are interested in implementing trauma-informed care (TIC). TSI is uniquely positioned to convene this Learning Collaborative having helped more than 70 organizations across North America embed TIC into the fabric of their organizations.

For detailed information about the Learning Collaborative, click here to get the Prospectus. We will be holding a virtual information meeting about the initiative on Tuesday January 19th at 3:00 pm EST. Click here to register.

We are excited to announce our Faculty Expert Team that will work closely with participating organizations. All have deep knowledge and experience about TIC, individuals with IDD, and the organizations that support them.

Steve B

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers whose mission is to foster transformation in organizations and systems to trauma-informed care. A clinical psychologist, he is a primary architect of TSI's internationally recognized Whole System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care which uses Risking Connection training and co-developed the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale. Full bio.

Brenda B

Brenda Bryant, MSW, has been working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in behavioral health for the past 20 years primarily doing direct care and program development. At Key Human Services (Connecticut), she has been a leader in their implementation of trauma-informed care in residential treatment and clinical treatment. In 2020, she became a Risking Connection Faculty Trainer for the Traumatic Stress Institute, specializing in training and consultation to IDD organizations. Full bio.

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Karyn Harvey. PhD., has worked as a clinician in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. She is the author of Positive Identity Development (2009), Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions (2011), and Trauma and Healing (to be released in 2021). She regularly conducts trainings nationally on trauma-informed care and coping with COVID-19 for both state and individual organizations throughout the country and in Canada. She is the director of program development and training for the Park Ave Group practice in Baltimore, MD where does both individual and group therapy.  Full bio.

John K

John M. Keesler, PhD, LMSW, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Indiana University Bloomington.  Prior to getting his doctorate in social welfare, he had more than 10 years of practice experience, beginning as a direct support professional, working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In 2014, he published the first article in the scholarly literature promoting the integration of trauma-informed care with services for people with IDD.  Since that time, his research publications underscore the importance of trauma-informed care as a total system approach to advance the quality of life for people with IDD as well those that support them. Full bio.


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