Trauma Informed Professional Services Development

Trauma Informed Professional Services Development for Youth- and Family-Serving Providers (TIPS) trainings offer a real-world approach to understanding the impact of childhood trauma on youth, families, communities and provider systems.  Developed for professionals in the fields of mental health, child welfare, education, hospitals, health homes, congregate care, and advocacy, TIPS trainings are designed to take complex information and make it accessible and practical for the day-to day work of youth and family-serving providers.

Building on key concepts from Trauma Systems Therapy and the latest research from international trauma experts, TIPS trainings balance the introduction of new knowledge with sharing the wisdom in the room.  Trainings incorporate lectures, small and large group discussions, experiential activities, and building skills for intervening with traumatized individuals and systems. Emphasis is also placed on strengthening  workforce resilience by identifying the warning signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and secondary trauma, and knowing what steps to take to ameliorate the effects.

Trainers are Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty, with many years of clinical, educational, and program development experience in trauma, mental health and cross-systems partnering.

Below is a list of current offerings. Trainings can be delivered flexibly, as a half day, full day, modularized, or as a series. The TIPS team can also create trainings specific to the needs of an organization.  

For further information, please contact Mary Dino, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at or 646-754-4926.

Child Traumatic Stressbeginner to intermediate level

  • Adaptive and maladaptive stress response
  • Normative vs. trauma-impacted development
  • Fostering resilience and healing by strengthening healthy, supportive relationships
  • Creating safe and responsive environments for traumatized youth

Complex Trauma intermediate to experienced level

  • Assessing complex trauma
  • Building your intervention toolkit
  • Promoting health and well-being for ourselves and our teams

Essentials of Trauma Treatment – adapted for the beginner or experienced trainee group

  • Creating safe spaces, empathic communication, nonjudgmental stance
  • Preparing for trauma screening and assessment
  • Understanding the three stages of trauma treatment
  • Building engagement and intervention skills across the arc of treatment

Practice with Administering Screening and Assessment Tools in the Clinical Setting – all levels

  • Practicing essential skills for doing screening and assessments
  • Preparing, supporting, and debriefing the client
  • Providing feedback on the results

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – all levels

  • TIC 101
    • Articulating organizational commitment to reducing the impact of trauma on clients and staff
    • Recognizing trauma’s effect on communications between people, organizations, and systems
    • Creating physical, psychological, and emotional safety
  • Focus on a System Approach – directors and program managers
    • Identifying the essentials for TIC operations
    • Advocating for a safer staff and clientele
    • Valuing consistent supervision
    • Sharing cross systems communication and collaboration strategies
  • Focus on a Team Approach – supervisors, clinicians, and direct care staff
    • Learning the essentials for self and team care
    • Understanding advocacy as a treatment intervention
    • Enhancing individual and group supervision
    • Sharing cross systems communication and collaboration strategies

Beyond Burnout Workshop: Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Secondary Traumatic Stress – all levels  

  • Understanding the impact of working with traumatized clients in overburdened systems
  • Learning about the continuum of workplace stress
  • Preventing CT, VT and STS by applying the practices of trauma informed care
  • Promoting  Self-care and Team-care

Engaging Cross Systems Partners – all levels

  • Fostering productive communication
  • Engaging around shared, child-centered goals and planning
  • Promoting co-expertise: a problem solving stance
  • Applying the power of curiosity for effective collaboration