Stressful and traumatic events are part of everyone’s lives.

The Center for Trauma and Stress Education (CTSE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent long-term consequences of stress and trauma.


Stress and Trauma Education Program (STEP)

This popular and innovative education and skills program was developed by Drs. Fruzzetti, Kaplan and Payne to help people address and prevent stress and trauma.

Racism is Stress & Trauma

Leaders in education & teaching skills to combat racism.

Secondary Trauma

Exposure to a variety of stressful situations, exposure to trauma directly or indirectly, consultation to businesses, agencies, institutions, and unions.


“Really appreciated connecting on a deeper level with my colleagues. These (STEP) groups provided us with a space to really process some of the events, struggles, and hardships we’ve experienced as staff at a hospital during a pandemic. The tools have been very useful as well and I’ve used many of them weekly. I appreciated the emotion wave surfer analogy and being more honest and affirming in my communication.”

– Emergency Room Doctor

“The (STEP) Group was one Zoom meeting I couldn’t wait to attend every week. The tools it provided were life-changing and the support greatly appreciated.”

– College Professor

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