Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

10/29/2021 - 11:00am to 2:15pm CDT

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an overarching philosophy, framework, and organizational structure designed to better understand and recognize the impact of trauma on the individual through a strengths-based perspective. Because clients who seek services from mental health and substance use treatment providers frequently have histories of trauma exposure, knowledge of TIC is imperative for professionals working within these settings. TIC approaches help survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment by emphasizing physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both clients and services providers. Other benefits of TIC approaches include minimizing no-shows, enhancing client engagement, reducing negative encounters and events, avoiding staff burnout and turnover, and promoting a culture of healing that increases the likelihood of positive outcomes. Designed for professionals working in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, this training provides attendees with an overview and history of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and highlights ways to implement such approaches in practice. Other relevant topics covered include trauma-informed leadership, trauma-informed child and family service systems, self-care strategies, and resilience. All aforementioned discussions are grounded in empirical research findings and case study examples.



Approved for 3CE hours

Below are the training objectives for this presentation:


1. Provide an overview of the principles and history of trauma-informed care.

2. Discuss the importance of routine trauma screening in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.

3. Identify the negative effects of trauma and adversity on health (i.e., cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical).

4. Learn key ingredients associated with trauma-informed policies, procedures, practices, and treatment planning practices.

5. Provide practical tips and suggestions for the implementation of trauma informed care approaches in organizations.

6. Explore the benefits of trauma informed care for clients and their service providers.

Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA., MS., MS., MS and Nicole Kimberley-Staeheli, MATS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Program Director, and lead developer for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefitting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Through his work at Pathways, Jerrod has extensive experience working with clients diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, serious and persistent mental health (SPMI) conditions, trauma and stressor related disorders, substance use and other addictive disorders, sleep disorders, and criminal justice-involved populations. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is also certified as a Brain Health Coach, Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Professional, Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), a Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, Digestive Health Specialist, Gut Health Specialist, Stress and Mindset Coach, Holistic Health Coach, Sleep Science Coach, Sex Crimes & Relational Paraphilic Attachments (RPA), Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider in the state of Minnesota. Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters. Email:


Nicole Kimberley-Staeheli, MATS, is the lead consultant for Nicole Ranae Consulting, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field. The primary focus for much of her career has been in the training, facilitation, and implementation of evidence-based practices with a specific emphasis on trauma informed and cognitive behavioral programming. Nicole is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and certified curriculum trainer for numerous evidence-based programs including Thinking for A Change, Decision Points, and Moving On. Additionally, she is the co-author and principal trainer for the Domestic Violence Education Program, a research based, integrated intervention for clients who commit acts of domestic violence. She has written and trained extensively on trauma-informed interventions and is a facilitator of several trauma informed curriculum including Beyond Trauma, Healing Trauma, VOICES, and Beyond Violence.

Currently, Nicole is an independent trainer, coach, and implementation specialist for county, community-based, and non-profit agencies serving justice involved individuals. She also works as a contractor and trainer with the Decision Points Authors, LLC.

Nicole received her undergraduate degree from Hamline University and her graduate degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and for several years was the chair of the Minnesota Cognitive Behavioral Network, a professional association dedicated to supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices. She has presented at numerous statewide conferences on the importance of being trauma informed and utilizing cognitive behavioral interventions in facilitating long-term change for justice involved individuals, the professionals and agencies that work with them, and their communities. Email:

Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA., MS., MS., MS
Nicole Kimberley-Staeheli, MATS
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