Trauma-Informed Training Offerings

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Trauma-Informed Resilience Based Trainings 

Upcoming Trainings

Course 1: Trauma-Informed TrainingJanuary 20 and 21

Course 3: Trauma-PractitionersMarch 23, 25, 30 and April 1
All dates are 3 hours long, 9:00am – 12:00pm PDT 

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Why choose CRI trainings?

CRI trainings meet Evidence-Based criteria!  See more details here.

Our community-building framework and 21 years’ experience in capacity building is the essence of what created the platform for Paper Tigers. From its beginning, CRI focused on creating a community conversant in ACEs and Resilience, aiming to embed these principles into action through its multiple partners, agencies, and organizations. This focus, shared leadership, learning and reflection on results led to state and national recognition, partly fueled by the power of the story told in the documentary Paper Tigers, which focused on one of the many sectors involved in the CRI movement. Contributors to CRI’s community-building efforts include the Juvenile Justice Center, Children’s Administration, Walla Walla Public Schools, Catholic Charities, The Health Center, Broetje Orchards, Vista Hermosa, Jubilee Leadership Academy, the Department of Community Health, the Chamber of Commerce, and emerging partnerships with area healthcare providers. Today, CRI focuses on institutionalizing its community learning through trainings, teaching tools, and conferences.

K.I.S.S. Framework

KISS Framework for building community capacity through resilience.  This framework is based on over 8 years of work in Walla Walla WA, and provides our learning from these initial years of work with the many sectors in our community involved in CRI. We want to share this framework so that others can learn from our experience, and perhaps launch your work, or strengthen your existing coalition, based on our learning, reflection and focus on building resilience to create a thriving community.  Ultimately, this work is a social movement and a public health framework, and when we know how to build human capital collectively, we create stronger communities that can thrive the impact of risk better… We have learned that the KISS is a framework people understand, and it is aligned with our scaffolding concept. *K.I.S.S. Acronym was developed by CRI Master Trainer, Rick Griffin.

Course 1: Trauma-Informed (prerequisite for any other course)

Course 1 introduces CRI’s capacity-building framework for building resilience, KISS.  Knowledge, Insight, Strategies and Structure describes our community’s learning and movement from theory to practice and how to implement evidence-based strategies into action. The training includes three groups of topics:  the NEAR sciences, a cluster of emerging scientific findings in the fields of Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE Study, and Resilience; Brain States, the critical transition from Knowledge to Insight; and ROLES, CRI’s signature training on Recognize, Observe, Label, Elect and Solve, core strategies that take us below the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The key objective is to provide information about identifying and responding to trauma with evidence-based resilience strategies when working with an audience whose trauma history may not be known.

Course 2: Trauma-Supportive

Course 2 describes training on topics that teach the knowledge and skills required by individuals who have contact with those who may be adversely affected by trauma and toxic stress, whether or not the trauma is known. These topics include resilience-based practices with universal application, such as classrooms, offices, or other places the general public may congregate. Topics in this category focus on prevention and teach a variety of strategies to address the often-hidden effects of trauma and toxic stress by fostering resilience within the individual and the larger community.

Course 3: Trauma-Practitioner

Course 3 describes training on topics that teach the knowledge and skills required by individuals who have more regular and intense contact with individuals who may be adversely affected by trauma and toxic stress, such as staff in juvenile and adult court systems, homeless shelters, mental health clinics, and treatment centers. Topics in this category are intervention focused and are designed to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma and toxic stress, while equipping practitioners with the insight and strategies to engage triggered individuals with confidence and compassion. *Course 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Course 1: Training of Trainers

 Trauma-Informed Training of Trainers is a two-day course that prepares individuals to conduct CRI’s Trauma-Informed Certification Program, Course 1 in his/her/their organization or agency. Attendee must have taken CRI’s Trauma-Informed Certification Course 1 as a prerequisite for this course.
Attendees will learn to deliver material consistent with relevant research. They will receive training tips to present everything from the N.E.A.R. Sciences, Brain States, and CRI’s signature R.O.L.E.S. Training; a research-based approach to responding to trauma. This acclaimed training for trainers also introduces individuals to ECTcellence, a trauma-informed instructional framework to effectively and efficiently facilitate the learning process. 
Training materials include:
  • Suggested presentation narrative that aids trainers in communicating complex issues in a user-friendly fashion. 
  • A sample training agenda that can be modified for use in agency or organizational presentations.
  • Comprehensive key points that not only provide informative training assistance, but can also be utilized to create helpful handouts for your agency participants.
  • Download link to functional PowerPoint presentations and relevant research articles and supporting materials.
  • Training Evaluation Template to help trainers assess their training effectiveness and relevance.

Course 2: Training for Trainers

Trauma-Supportive: Course 2 Training for Trainers is a two-day course that prepares individuals to conduct CRI’s Trauma-Supportive: Course 2 in his/her/their organization or agency. Attendee must have taken CRI’s Trauma-Supportive Certification Course 2 as a prerequisite for this course.
Attendees will learn to deliver material consistent with relevant science regarding resilience-based practices with universal application. They will receive training on how to use promising approaches to develop strategies to:
  • Build a positive culture in the classroom, office, or the family
  • Foster resilience through affirming communication
  • Create effective regulation skills
  • Deliver compassionate and empowering discipline
  • Teach others about their own trauma and stress response
  • Develop trauma-informed conflict resolution skills
This acclaimed training for trainers also introduces individuals to Trauma-Informed FacilitationTrauma-Informed Facilitation is a powerful tool for trainers that helps to allow everyone in a learning environment to feel safe enough to engage with the material, the facilitator, and other learners in the group.

Course 4: Blueprint For Framing Your Community Initiative

How do we create a community-wide response to trauma? While individual resilience is certainly important, a community-wide focus on resilience across all domains in which we live our lives is what creates stronger outcomes. Using a living systems model of the salmon life cycle, this training parallels 8 stages of organizational development toward trauma-informed practices.  Learn how you can act as a critical indicator species to effect change in your community. Let us help you shape or strengthen your community’s plan for moving to a more resilient community, one based on help, hope and healing. *Course 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Customizable Training, Support and Coaching

CRI will customize our material to fit your individual, agency or community need. We know every journey is unique and we can help structure your learning based on whatever your starting point is on the spectrum of shifting the culture from trauma-focused to resilience-building.

Additional support

Courses 1 and 2 are each six-hour comprehensive CRI certification programs; Courses 3 and 4 are each twelve-hour comprehensive certification programs. Each level of training/and or other requests for training can include additional topics to support emerging skill development. Also offered are a two-day Train the Trainer course for Courses 1 and 2, and a three-day Train the Trainer course for Courses 3 and 4.

To find out more about training offerings or to have CRI provide training for your organization and community please contact:

Rick Griffin or 509-540-1582


“When you’re working with a community that looks at trauma as a collective response, you’re speaking the same language. You have the same goal in mind. It is such a powerful model.”  Jim Sporleder, former Principal of Lincoln H.S., Walla Walla


“I am a firm believer that in order to lead a person, you really need to understand the prism through which they see the world. Your ACE and Resilience presentation helped me see how to decipher the receiver’s prism.” — Mark Kajita, CEO Baker Boyer Bank, Walla Walla


“To ensure all students learn and succeed at high levels will require a new social/emotional framework upon which schools must transform their collective behaviors and actions. Through a trauma-smart approach, it is essential for practitioners to incorporate the science and theory that CRI offers. The training and development WWPS has received continues to serve invaluable as we strive for improved outcomes for all.” — Wade Smith, Superintendent Walla Walla Public Schools


“So grateful for this training, this is intensely vital information. I know this will shift my life, my daughter’s and others’ on a worthwhile path. Absolutely profound.” — Jade Chamberlain, Staff member at The Loft, a program of Catholic Charities, Walla Walla


“Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with our community this week!  I do believe you’ve lit a fire here. I received a call first thing this morning from one attendee who is absolutely energized to get training into their school for every employee. Our Board member Ray Daniels (past Superintendent for the KCK Public Schools) said “everyone was buzzing as they left the session.”  You’ve created energy here that otherwise would have taken months to build, if ever.  Many thanks for everything you both did to help make our events so successful.” — Cathy Harding, President and CEO of the Wyandotte Health Foundation, Kansas City

“The work that Rick and CRI are doing is motivating communities across the Nation to engage in practices that note the importance of the emerging science behind Adverse Child Experiences (ACES) and the need for resilience in both individuals and for the communities in which they are a part of.  The material presented in this training applies to not only my agency, our workers, and the clients that we serve, but also to all of us as individuals across the settings in our lives.  I will soon be presenting this training to my entire agency and am eagerly looking forward to the myriad effects it will have on the work that we strive to do here in Charlottesville. I highly recommend investing the time and resources at your disposal to attend this training and any other courses offered by CRI.  It will be sure to make a substantial impact in the community in which you serve.” — David Vito, LCSW | Foster Care Prevention Supervisor | Charlottesville Department of Social Services

“CRI has done a brilliant job creating curriculum and train the trainer materials that help organizations and communities heal.  Understanding the NEAR sciences is Key.  Rick, Teri and CRI  not only have the detailed understanding they abundantly and generously share that with all who can take it out into their own communities.  Fiercely committed to building community and organizational capacity. Rick hits it out of the park with his presence AND deep understandings of the roots of historic trauma, race, and stories of the work in real life.” –-Teresa Posakony, NEAR consultant, trainer, keynote – Emerging Wisdom

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