About the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress— Training and Consultation Services

The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS)-- Training Service 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 CCFTS Training Service 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 Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress 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.

Our Training Goals:

CCFTS believes 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 Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress 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 Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress launched the Training and Consultation Services 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 CCFTS 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.