The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Understanding Adverse Behaviors through a Trauma-Informed Lens: Changing the Question   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Nicole Kimberley-Staeheli

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Gaining a broader understanding of the behavioral and interpersonal challenges experienced by trauma survivors
  • Examining how our perceptions of and responses to these behaviors can be re-traumatizing
  • Best practices in being responsive to behavioral trauma vulnerabilities


The second of a four-part series on what it means to be trauma informed, this presentation focuses on understanding seemingly adverse behaviors as trauma vulnerabilities or coping strategies intended to keep an individual safe. Many clients in the corrections system or involuntary clients in varied human services systems are also trauma survivors. Consequently, to most effectively intervene with our clients it is imperative to view their interpersonal and behavioral struggles through a trauma informed lens. This presentation will further explore best practices in being responsive to trauma vulnerabilities offering practical, hands on approaches in working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Presenter Biography:

Nicole Kimberley-Staeheli, MATS, is the lead consultant for Nicole Ranae Consulting, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in field of Corrections. The primary focus for much of her career has been in the training, facilitation and implementation of evidence-based practices.  Ms. Kimberley-Staeheli is a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer and has personally facilitated and trained hundreds of cognitive behavioral, trauma responsive, and gender responsive interventions including, Thinking for a Change, Aggression Replacement Training, the Domestic Violence Education Program, Decision Points, Moving On, Beyond Trauma, Healing Trauma, VOICES and Beyond Violence, and has been privileged to witness first-hand their life changing effects.

Ms. Kimberley-Staeheli serves as an independent consultant for county and community-based agencies serving criminal justice involved individuals and the communities they live in with a focus on cognitive behavioral and trauma responsive interventions. She has also worked as an independent contractor with both the Decision Points Authors, LLC and Dr. Stephanie Covington, LLC and has trained facilitators in Connecticut, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Ms. Kimberley-Staeheli received her undergraduate degree from Hamline University and her graduate degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.  Ms. Kimberley-Staeheli currently chairs 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 cognitive behavioral and trauma-responsive interventions in facilitating long-term change for criminal justice involved individuals and their communities.

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