About the Trauma Training Academy

The Trauma Training Academy (TTA) was developed in 2007 to provide evidence supported and trauma informed training and consultation services to mental health professionals, service providers and organizations. Each course integrates the most recent research and trends, cultural considerations and practical interventions easily implemented into clinical and other natural settings. Our expert faculty have presented on local, regional and national fronts. The TTA has an extensive portfolio of innovative and well-established practices in the field of childhood traumatic stress. Training or consultation requests can be tailored to meet the specific needs of an agency or target audience. The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of Continuing Education Units. Our trainings qualify for Continuing Education Units accepted by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

About the Family Center:

For more than 25 years, the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute has provided high-quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive clinical programs and community-based services to children and families impacted by maltreatment and violence. In 2003, the Family Center was chosen to be one of the organizations comprising the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NCTSN was established in 2000, to raise awareness of the impact of childhood trauma and to increase access to effective trauma treatments for children and adolescents throughout the nation.

The Family Center is a leader in the Baltimore Metropolitan area in the implementation of evidence-based practices, trauma informed treatments and in the development of innovative interventions that address the sequale of childhood traumatic stress. In 2009, the Family Center was a recipient of one of the United States Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA Science and Service Awards in the category of Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services for its implementation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

A central theme in the Family Center's mission is the education and training of trauma professionals. We believe that one of the most effective ways to help a child who has suffered a trauma exposure is to enhance professionals' proficiency and improve their capacity to work more competently with that child and his/her family. Since 1987, the Family Center has been a training ground for mental health professionals and trainees, maintaining a reputation for providing "state-of-the-art" learning experiences. Subsequent to joining the NCTSN, the Family Center launched the Trauma Training Academy and to-date has trained over 2,000 professionals, organizations and community partners on best practices and childhood traumatic stress. Additional training endeavors include participation in the Maternal & Child Health Bureau Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities training program that offers six to eight graduate level social work interns and two psychology externs a rigorous and enriching clinical experience each year. The Family Center was also awarded funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop the Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) training program. RISE is a program to promote professional development, research, education and training for racial and ethnic minority graduate students, who are interested in pursuing research experiences in the field of public health.