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Welcome to the Resilience Leadership and Learning Institute

Strengthening Healthy Relationships Using Trauma-Responsive Approaches

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The Resilience Leadership and Learning Institute is a new project of Prevent Child Abuse NY.  The work of the Institute will be dedicated to strengthening concrete skills of professionals which help unlock the operationalization of authentic trauma-informed, strength-based approaches.  The goal is to ground professionals in how to strengthen the protective factors of the children and families they work with and contribute to organizational culture change that strengthens the protective factors of all staff.


The Resilience Leadership and Learning Institute has a strong commitment to equipping organizations, staff and communities with family strengthening, child abuse prevention strategies and approaches. Our belief is that too often services are delivered and provided to families in a manner that serves as a barrier to engagement. Most trainings provide education about theory. Trainings are often information dissemination sessions that are about the children and families that will be the recipients of services. We believe there is a missing prerequisite piece that would help unlock the daily operationalization of the training information that is learned by participants. Service providers need a strong foundation in an understanding of the effects of trauma, an understanding of self and more meaningful empathy training before they are able to establish relationships with children and families that are authentically grounded in strength-based theory. They also need more than just theory – providers need specific everyday actions outlined as part of the training. They need an opportunity to problem solve real life situations they encounter by examining what they can do to reduce family stress while strengthening parenting skills.


Please find here some of our current offerings. All trainings can be tailored to meet the professional development needs of your organization. We look forward to partnering with you!


Bringing the Protective Factors to life in Your Work

This 2-day, 7-module training was developed by the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance. The training takes participants on a deeper dive into each of the Protective Factors identified by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Only trainers certified by the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance are eligible to present this curriculum.


Building Organizational Resilience: Trauma Responsive Approaches

Providing multiple “hands on” organizational development tools, this two-day session equips participants with approaches for moving community-based organizations and their staff from ACE Informed to ACE Responsive. Advanced facilitation skills.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Resilience

This two-day TOT provides participants with a grounding in and resources for presenting the core elements of both ACE’s and building Resilience trainings.


Early Healthy Relationships

This multi-modal training focuses on the supporting the development of healthy relationships and secure attachments – the prerequisites for healthy sexual development. As this training is designed for infant and toddler providers, the majority of the training targets the actions of caregivers and the interactions with infants and toddlers – how those actions and interactions effect healthy relationship development. The training strives to shift perspective of caregivers to help deepen an understanding of respectful relationships with the children in their care and takes time to build skills in this area. “What does that look like? How do I do that?” The training also emphasizes the importance of using the correct names for all body parts and includes exercises and activities to lessen the discomfort of participants in naming all body parts.


Understanding the Sexual Development of Young Children

Physical and emotional attachment between parent/caregiver and child can be the early foundation for physical intimacy that develops in later maturation. This relationship acts as expectation setting for all future relationships. This session provides participants with a review of the components of building strong foundations in healthy relationships for children and provides an understanding of child development, specifically related to sexual development: “What behaviors should I expect to see?” This training also provides participants an opportunity to identify behaviors that should cause concern and/or warrant intervention.


Trauma-Informed Organizations:  Skills and Actions Required of Leadership

This is a three-part training curriculum to build and strengthen leaders at the community level in order to ground communities in an authentic perspective shift that will result in changes in the service delivery of prevention services for child abuse and neglect.  This curriculum consists of three parts: Introduction to the Protective Factors Framework; Becoming a Protective Factor-Responsive Organization; Skills and Actions Required of Leadership. This training is most effective when followed by consultation and coaching.


RLLI works to change the service delivery of programs that support children and families that will result in an increase in cooperative family engagement.  We cannot continue to tell families, “You need to do better.” We cannot continue to tell providers, “You need to do better.” We must focus intentional effort on building the capacity and skill sets of both populations.



Resilience Leadership and Learning Institute

1 Steuben Place

Albany, New York 12207


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