Pat SmallerPat specializes in helping treaters make the daily moments of treatment programs match what we know helps people heal. She is passionate about asking “Why? How do we understand this behavior?” before reacting to it. She consults with individuals and agencies on all aspects of providing compassionate care.

Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW Klingberg Family Centers;  ( is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain, Connecticut. Her career in child and family treatment has included the state child welfare system, the Superior Court, private practice and Newington Children’s Hospital Day Treatment. At Klingberg she has been a clinician and the Clinical Director before obtaining her current position in 2005. She specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She is the creator of the Restorative Approach, a trauma and relationship based approach to congregate care treatment of children. She has presented at many national venues. She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by NEARI Press. She was the 2012 Connecticut NASW Social Worker of the Year.

Steve with micSteve is a specialist in healthy sexuality, problem sexual behaviors and positive sexuality education to prevent sexual violence. He is a leader in transforming programs that treat problem sexual behaviors into a trauma-informed approach. He is also expert in strategies for decreasing and responding to vicarious traumatization, and leads the research division of our work.

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers, (370 Linwood St. New Britain, CT 06052; 413-218-3293); and Coordinator of the Risking Connection Training Program.  He specializes in work with at-risk youth, especially children and teens with sexual behavior problems.  He is also a sexuality educator/trainer and author of Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth,  a sexuality education curricula used nationally by agencies and schools serving high risk youth.  He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Stop It Now!, a national  sexual abuse prevention organization.

TSI ButterflyThe Traumatic Stress Institute offers Risking Connection Training, an agency-wide system for implementing trauma-informed care. We use a model of learnin in community, which includes a basic training, training for trainers to promote sustainability, and ongoing education, support and coaching. Join the agencies across the US and Canada that use Risking Connection as their staff training model, and that have experienced fewer restraints, less turnover, better staff communication and more effective treatment. Learn why participants say: “I’ve been in the field for twenty years and this is the best training I have ever attended.”

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