Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice (TRIP) Program



The Program

The Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice (TRIP) program at The Kempe Center integrates, enhances and implements trauma-responsive and culturally appropriate practices for parents, educators and others to help mitigate the impact of trauma. The program provides direct evidence-based clinical services to children and families, facilitates trainings for professionals across the human service fields and offers implementation guidance for child, youth and family-serving agencies.

Our Vision

Effective trauma-responsive approaches and trauma treatments require the people who work with and support children to be resilient and able to model emotional regulation and social competency. Through the TRIP program, the Kempe Center’s goal is to reach more individuals with comprehensive training on these skills to create opportunities for more Colorado children to become resilient and equipped to reach their full potential. 

Why It’s Needed:

Exposure to traumatic events and chronic stress can have negative impacts on children’s cognitive, academic, behavioral and social-emotional functioning. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, students who experienced trauma were among those facing the most challenges both in and out of schools.

Self-isolation, social distancing and no in-person classes have further exacerbated the inequalities experienced by many families and their children and have presented new challenges for parents, educators and others to appropriately administer effective trauma-responsive approaches and treatments.

The TRIP program equips both parents and educators of children who have experienced trauma with trauma-responsive training to lessen the impact of trauma and promote healing. 

Spotlight: Training in Colorado and Across the Nation

• TRIP develops, implements, and disseminates trauma informed and culturally responsive training curricula to diverse workforce in Colorado and provides technical assistance. Over 1,500 professionals around the state utilize the Colorado Systems Training Institute (CSTI) learning management system: Click HERE for the 2022 CSTI Course Catalog.

•  The Trauma-Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit authored by Drs. Gomez and Fauchier has been downloaded by more than 700 users, with 222 downloads in Colorado and representing at least 25 other states and 7 countries.

• In addition, TRIP has trained 192 professionals from child welfare, school system, infant mental health and early education providers, juvenile justice system, health care system, in topics such as trauma-responsive practices, diversity informed practices, reflective practices, and cultural responsiveness.

The TRIP Team:

Dr. Evelín Gómez has a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Northern Colorado. She is the director of the Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice Program at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is bilingual, Spanish-speaking, and a bicultural licensed clinician.

Emily Stern, MA, LPC, NCC, CAS, is the program coordinator for the Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice Program at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. She has worked for Denver Public Schools for the past 11 years as a Professional School Counselor, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist, and a National Board-Certified Counselor through which she has expanded her knowledge of trauma-responsive counseling services and resources for youth and adults.  

For further questions about TRIP, please contact:

Emily Stern

(720) 588-3301