About TLC

Today's educators and childcare professionals are on the front lines of a battle they may not even know they're in: the fight against trauma in children.

Our mission is to bring out the best in every traumatized child by training professionals to create environments where children can flourish.

We have trained over 6,000 professionals to help children overcome the trauma in their lives, and are working to share our knowledge with teachers, social workers and more throughout the world.

Why: Trauma Devastates Lives

Children who have experienced trauma behave in ways that defy logic, reason and the best intentions of the adults in their lives. These kids are labeled as “unreachable” or “bad” because of trauma.

This is why TLC was founded: to show that childhood trauma is the root cause of many behavior issues that were beyond the reach of traditional cognitive therapies, and to try and help.

What: Helping Those Impacted by Trauma

TLC’s programs are supported by published evidence-based research, and have been used following many natural and man-made disasters, including:

  • The Gulf War in Kuwait
  • The Oklahoma bombing
  • Wedgewood Baptist Church killings in Texas
  • 9/11
  • The tsunami in Southeast Asia
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • The killing of school staff in the presence of students in Iowa and Texas
  • The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

How: Resources, Counseling, Training, Courses and Coaching

Every day more than 6,000 TLC Certified Trauma and Loss School Specialists and Clinical Specialists provide TLC interventions and resources to children, adolescents, families, schools and other organizations.

Our Story

Founded in 1990 by Dr. William Steele, who continues as a consultant today, TLC has trained over 6,000 TLC Certified Trauma and Loss School Specialists and Clinical Specialists to provide TLC resources to children, adolescents, families, schools and communities daily.

Today, TLC training programs are in place in more than 3,000 schools, community-based programs, treatment centers and childcare facilities across North America and internationally.

Our Leadership

Dr. William Steele

Founder of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children™ (TLC)

Dr. Caelan Kuban

Director of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children™ (TLC)

Sarah Slamer

Assistant Director for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children™ (TLC)

Our Certified Trainers

We have more than 35 Certified Trainers.

Meet our certified trainers

TLC and Starr Global Learning Network

TLC became a program of the Starr Global Learning Network in 2009, which helped us to further our work with children of trauma in communities across the world.

What Others are Saying About TLC

I thought this course was thorough and the online method of acquiring CEUs was convenient and user-friendly. I was impressed with the quality of information and the relevance of the assignments to the desired objectives. I will definitely return to TLC for CEUs as well as for growth in my field!
Colleen Presley
Amarillo, Texas

I thoroughly enjoyed the TLC Assembly and look forward to continuing my training with you. I am a school counselor and marriage and family therapist, and I think your training is critical in my work with children and families.
Kathy Shovlin
Las Vegas, Nevada

What I learned at the TLC Assembly has given me the validity to serve children of trauma in a documented way. It reminds me of how important I am in the front line at a middle school with children of trauma in Northern Wisconsin.
Julie Petersen
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Get More Information About TLC

For more information on our programs or the work that we do, please feel free to
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