Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress Trainings and Consultations

The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress offers training and consultation packages to mental health professionals, service providers and organizations interested in improving their trauma-focused treatment capacity either through the implementation of evidenced base practices or trauma informed interventions and considerations.

Upcoming Trainings and Consultation Services:

If you have any questions about trainings offered by staff at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, please contact us at (443) 923-5971 or e-mail

Using the Body To Heal Trauma:  Integrating Self- Regulation and Somatic Experiencing Interventions

Workshop Description:
Somatic Experiencing, the life’s work of Peter Levine Ph.D, is a body oriented approach used to heal trauma and other stress disorders.  Somatic Experiencing is a powerful psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma and other stress related conditions.  Complex trauma impacts one’s ability to self-regulate on emotional and behavioral levels.  Somatic Experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person may be stuck in the flight, fight or freeze responses.  This 1 day training will allow attendees to enhance their knowledge of the theory behind Somatic Experiencing, gain useful treatment tools and strategies to integrate into their current clinical practice with the trauma population.

Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute Greenspring Campus

Date: March 13, 2017

Registration: Visit the event registration page for more information.

Ethics in the Real World: A Strategy for Assessing/Managing Clinical and Ethical Challenges

Workshop Description:
This 3-hour training will introduce a strategy for assessing and managing ethics concerns as they arise.  Unlike many trainings that approach the topic mechanically with a list of do’s and don’ts based on their profession’s ethic statements, this presentation will focus on analyzing ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of professional ongoing work.  The strategy draws on the principles of bioethics and ethics consultations. 

Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute Greenspring Campus

Date: March 21, 2017

Registration: Visit the event registration page for more information.

Enhancing Presence: Building a Mindful Environment to Support Those You Serve

Workshop Description:

Adolescents and adults are experiencing stress at unprecedented levels. Increasing stress may result in anger, anxiety, depression and externalizing behaviors, as well as low self-esteem and decreased self-confidence. Mindfulness practices offer research-based methods and strategies that can assist both children and adults in coping with an increasingly challenging world. Grounded in present moment awareness, mindfulness has the potential to be a useful tool in combatting stress and recovering from trauma.

Many are familiar with the personal applications of mindfulness through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. However, beyond personal usage, these practices offer tangible means of assisting those we serve. Gaining perspective on experience, learning to pause before acting and becoming more aware of what is actually happening in any given moment are tangible life skills for a diverse population.

This two-day training is designed to offer those that work with adolescents (psychologists, therapists, physicians, social workers, educators, and healing arts professionals) a way to integrate mindfulness into therapeutic and educational settings. We will explore how mindfulness can enhance our own personal growth; reduce the risk for conditions such as empathy fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout while increasing emotional resilience.  Participants will learn methods to teach and share mindfulness in the continuum of trauma-informed care with clients and students.  Each participant will leave with a toolkit of core practices and experiential activities that will invite and build present moment awareness and mindful presence.

This training is designed as an advanced training in mindfulness.  As prerequisite, participants should have some previous exposure to and personal experience with mindfulness and/or meditation.

Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute Greenspring Campus

Date: May 4 – 5, 2017

Registration: Visit the event registration page for more information.


6th Biennial Trauma Conference:
Addressing Trauma across the Lifespan: Responding to Modern Day Threats and Social Discord 

October 5-6, 2017

Baltimore, MD

Target Audience:
Mental health professionals, child serving professionals and paraprofessionals, criminal justice professionals, faith‐based providers, medical and/or forensic professionals, community service providers, military providers, members of community organizations, organizational leaders, citizens providing community services

Call for Presentations
Applications are currently being accepting for workshops proposals for Day 2 of the conference. Proposals must be submitted electronically by February 28, 2017. Read Trauma Conference Call for Presentations for detailed information about the conference and requirements.

Please consider submitting a workshop proposal, recommend other potential speakers, or share this announcement with colleagues who may be interested. To submit a proposal use this link, please complete the Conference Workshop Proposal Form.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at or call 443-923-5971.

Are you interested in exhibiting, sponsoring, or advertising for the 6th Biennial Trauma Conference?  Please email for more information.

Consultation Services:

The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS) is available to provide one-time and/or on-going clinical case/treatment consultation to professionals and organizations. CCFTS faculty are also available to provide in-service training and/or consultations on a variety of topics related to childhood traumatic stress. Consultation can be offered to assist with organizational readiness when adopting an evidence-based practice and the CCFTS can also provide implementation support. For more information about specialized training or consultation, please contact or call (443) 923-5971.

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