Trauma Training Academy Trainings and Consultations

The Trauma Training Academy (TTA) 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:

If you have any questions about trainings offered by staff at the Trauma Training Academy, please contact us at (443) 923-5971 or e-mail traumatrainingacademy@kennedykrieger.org.

Treating Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children with Developmental Disabilities

When: November 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop Description

Research suggests that children with developmental disabilities (DDs), including autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities, are more likely than their typically developing peers to be assaulted or maltreated (Sullivan, 2009, Turner et al., 2011). For example, children with special healthcare needs may be bullied at a rate 1.5 to 2 times more than non-impaired youth (van Cleave & Davis, 2006). However, there is relatively little research, writing or service provision designed specifically for children with co-occurring trauma and DDs (Mevissen & de Jongh, 2010).

Identification can be difficult as children with developmental or intellectual delays may have trouble reporting traumatic events and their effects. Caregivers and treatment providers struggle to discriminate between DD-related behavior and trauma-related symptoms (Mazefsky, Kao, & Oswald, 2011). Provision of trauma-informed care requires an understanding of the prevalence of trauma and its effects on children. Putting this into practice includes routinely screening for trauma exposure and related symptoms, using culturally appropriate evidence-based assessment and treatment, and providing education to families and providers about trauma exposure, its impact, and treatment. All of this should be delivered while minimizing the possibility for further trauma during the treatment process; essentially, “doing no harm” (NCTSN, 2007).

A trauma-informed approach to care has yet to be translated consistently into work with disabled children (Mevissen et al., 2011) but adaptations are being made to existing models to treat this population. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is one example of an effective practice with potential for accommodating youth with developmental delays or differences (Grosso, 2012). Others are suggested or are well suited for adaptation, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Charlton & Dykstra, 2011).

This presentation will have a three-pronged focus: reviewing the literature on trauma in developmentally disabled children, discussing dual diagnosis of trauma and DD and giving practical strategies for applying a trauma-informed treatment approach to children with DDs.

Registration fee is $180. For more information and to register for this training, click on the event page.


Recognition and Treatment of Depression in African-American Adolescents Exposed to Negative Life Events

When: December 9, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Workshop Description

Depression can at times be under-identified, and misdiagnosed, especially in youth from under-represented ethnic and racial groups who live in urban environments. Understanding how depressed Black adolescents describe and assign meaning to their experiences of depression is an important step in the recognition and treatment of depression in these young people. Also, the essence of the lived experience of being depressed in this population includes both externalizing and internalizing strategies for coping, suggesting the need to consider that these constructs may lead to a more informed understanding and identification of depression among African-American youths.

This workshop will provide professionals, caregivers, and educators who work with youth and their families with a thorough knowledge of the depressive symptoms presentation in African American adolescents. Factors that complicate accurate diagnosis of depression in this population, and practical intervention approach to assessment and treatment of depression in African American adolescents who are exposed to negative life events will be discussed. Latest research will be combined with intervention strategies honed from the presenter’s long experience working with African American adolescents exposed to trauma and who present with mental health and behavioral concerns.

Registration fee is $250. For more information and to register for this training, click on the event page.


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