Trainings and Presentations

Training information

The Children's Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University offers individual and group trainings and group presentations in child trauma and other childhood disorders, and in evidence-based treatments. 

Trauma 101 training:

  • This training is provided for staff, families and communities to better understand the impact of trauma on the brain. This training can be tailored to meet the specific interests of the participating constituents (i.e. child welfare, mental health providers, school staff, medical personnel, court workers, residential staff, caregivers, etc).

Trauma screening tools and training:

  • Receive the Trauma Screening Tool along with training on how to effectively use it to better identify exposure to trauma in the children you serve. This tool can then be used to support appropriate triaging of services and/or referrals in your agency and community.

Increased capacity to offer trauma informed assessments:

  • Training and tools can be made available to individual therapists and teams to build capacity to offer trauma informed assessments for clients seen in your agency/practice.

Resource parent training/train the trainer:

  • This curriculum was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help caregivers of children with traumatic stress better understand and respond to the children in their care. A train the trainer event can be scheduled to provide the tools for your staff and families to take this curriculum and train others in the broader community.

Secondary Traumatic Stress Training:

  • This training supports administration and direct service staff in recognizing, understanding and processing the stress that comes from serving this population of children and families.

Resident expert team:

  • Development of a small group of staff within a school or agency who become local trauma experts that assist in infusing trauma-informed practices into daily decision-making and interventions. 

Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy follow up consultations:

  • To become certified as a TFCBT therapist one is required to participate in on-going consultation for one year after completing the initial two day training by a certified TFCBT trainer. Connie Black-Pond, an approved consultant, provides this consultation through in-person and phone consultation to review basic TFCBT concepts and provide feedback on specific cases. (TFCBT is a trauma informed therapeutic intervention which builds clinicians’ skills to work one-on-one with children in developing appropriate coping skills and processing their traumatic experiences through a trauma narrative).

Fetal alcohol exposure and its impact

  • Understand the impact of exposure to alcohol prenatally, more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome screening and diagnosis, and how to support individuals with this diagnosis.

Critical incidents team

  • Develop a team to help your agency process critical incidents in a trauma informed way to better care for your staff and better serve your clients.

Trauma informed curriculum for children in head start/preschool:

  • Receive the curriculum with implementation strategies to use it effectively in your school setting by teachers for all children within a classroom including developing safety, making friends, and managing emotions. 

Trauma informed curriculum for children in elementary and middle school:

  • Receive the curriculum with implementation strategies to use it effectively in your school setting by teachers for all children within a classroom including developing safety, increasing relatedness, and learning to manage emotions. 

Psychological first aid

  • Evidence –Informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid has also been adapted to be used with community violence, clergy, etc.  This training is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.  

Additional training tailored to your specific needs available upon request.

  • Please specify your target audience (i.e child welfare staff, therapists, line workers, foster parents, school staff etc), questions/information you would like to see addressed and the length of training requested.


For more details, fill out the form below or contact the training coordinator at (269) 387-7046, ext. 1, or at

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