MSW, LCSW-C, MA, BC-DMT
Beltran began employment at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1994 as a clinical social worker, working with children and families experiencing abuse and neglect. She is currently an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Monica Beltran graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology and dance. She continued her education at Goucher and received a master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy in 1982. She then coordinated a psycho-social program at the Center for Living (an arm of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center) for adults with traumatic brain injury. Monica continued her education, and, in 1994, received a master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She was a Kennedy Krieger Institute trainee in the Child and Family Support Program, and began employment at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress in 1994 as a clinical social worker working with children and families experiencing abuse and neglect. Monica also completed a Transformative Leadership and Social Change Certificate Program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2011. She is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
At the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, Monica continues clinical work and manages the STAR Clinic, the Mind/Body Clinic and the trainee training program. She also oversees intake and triage for the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress. Monica specializes in treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and child sexual abuse. She uses a variety of mind/body and movement approaches in her clinical work and is an energy practitioner. Monica is also bilingual has an interest in culture and diversity issues.
Monica has been participating in a grant from SAMHSA studying the use of yoga-based psychotherapy group (YBPG) with boys and girls ages 8-12. She was the lead clinician in developing the manualized (YBPG) treatment protocol with her Mind/Body Clinic colleagues at the Center for Family and Traumatic Stress. The results of the YBPG study were published.
Beltran M, Brown-Elhillali AN, Held AR, Ryce PC, Ofonedu ME, Hoover DW, Ensor KM, Belcher HM (2016). Yoga-based Psychotherapy Groups for Boys Exposed to Trauma in Urban Settings. Altern Ther Health Med. 22(1), 39-46.
Beltran M, Brown-Elhillali, A, Held, A, DeBerardinis C, Muyu J, Deal S, Haverson D. Yoga Based Psychotherapy A Group Protocol for Children, The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Printed July, 2014.