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

The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress Training Academy 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 Training Academy 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:

The Training Academy 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 Traumatic Stress Center launched the Training Academy 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 Traumatic Stress 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.

Below is a list of agencies that have benefited from tailored organizational trainings and/or consultation services from us in the past few years: 

  • Woodbourne Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Mountain Manor Treatment Center, Baltimore, MD.
  • Boys and Girls Village of Connecticut
  • Talbot County Circuit Court, Easton, MD
  • Tree House CAC of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Baltimore City Department of Social Services
  • Baltimore County Public Schools School Social Work Services
  • Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services
  • Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network, Inc, Wellsville, NY
  • The Green School of Baltimore
  • Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Center for Family Services
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
  • Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
  • Maryland Promise Project
  • Maryland Out of School Time Network
  • Maryland Mentor Program
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Salisbury University, Maryland-Department of Social Work
  • The Pathway School Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania
  • Center for Adoption Support and Education, Burtonsville, MD
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
  • Milton Hersey School, Pennsylvania
  • The Wellness and Recovery Group (WRG), Teen Wellness Center, School District of Philadelphia
  • Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center, Washington, DC
  • Rales Center of The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
  • YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Maryland
  • TIME Organization, Baltimore, MD
  • Hearts & Homes for Youth, Burtonsville, MD
  • Pressley Ridge
  • CHANA, Baltimore, MD
  • The Family League
  • THREAD, Baltimore, MD

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 443-923-5980 or Diggs@KennedyKrieger.org.

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Preventing Violence Through Youth Voices in Film:

Watch two compelling short films created by Baltimore youth while participating in a trauma therapy program at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

The students created the films to address the personal impact of violence in their communities and to share their voices to become part of the solution to prevent community violence.

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Training Services at the
Center for Child and
Family Traumatic Stress:

Our Center's Training Academy and consultation services have trained over 2,000 professionals, organizations, and community partners on best practices for treating childhood traumatic stress.

If you are a mental health professional, service provider, or organization interested in improving your trauma-focused treatment capacity, visit our Training page to learn more about trainings offered by staff at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

Training Courses

Helping Your Child Cope
with Media Coverage of
Community Racial Trauma
& Civil Unrest:

A short video providing tips for helping children cope with media coverage of racial trauma and community unrest:

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