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Established in 2014, the Walker Trieschman Institute for Research & Training (WTI) draws on the work of its namesake, the late Albert E. Trieschman, Ph.D., a Harvard-trained psychologist who founded the Walker Home & School, by promoting the integration of research and training into everyday practice.  We are proud to be able to distill research about evidence-based practices as well as emerging, promising practices into concepts and interventions that can be easily understood and applied by our staff as well as other providers, parents and caregivers, the community at large, and institutions of higher learning.  We are committed to sharing these findings in a multitude of ways, from large-scale symposia and trainings to small group workshops and coaching to social media communication and messaging. 

To ensure that we are reaching a wide audience – that is, to share these findings as widely as possible – it is imperative that we build relationships with other organizations in the field, local colleges and universities, and community groups to jointly create learning opportunities that serve to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of all who work with children and youth and/or care for children and youth in any capacity.  Walker’s mission statement articulates our desire to partner with children and youth, their families, and communities to nurture hope, build strengths, and develop lifelong skills, and WTI demonstrates its commitment to this mission by ensuring that caring adults have the tools they need to be successful in these endeavors.  

Walker Trieschman Institute for Training, Research, & Consultation (WTI) 2017 Training Series

Beginning January 2017, WTI will host a monthly training series on topics related to child welfare, special education, and behavioral health. Please see below for more information.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9-11 AM
Walker, 1968 Central Ave., Needham

Family Friendly Organizations: Beyond Support Groups and Family Partners

Darcy Rubino, Director of Family Connections, Walker
Erin Lechter, LICSW, Clinical Director, Walker

This training is designed for programmatic and clinical leaders who are looking for ways to help their programs to understand what it means to be family friendly. Move beyond family support groups and learn how to truly partner with families to create an organization where family involvement is a part of the daily operations. In this dialogue, you will learn how to think through strategies to effectively employ staff who have lived experience and can advocate for family integration in your agency. Lastly, you will hear how this model impacts the organizational and clinical practice of an agency with lessons learned from our experiences to date. (CEUs pending)

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 9-11 AM
Walker, 1968 Central Ave., Needham

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, & Vicarious Trauma

Mina Burbridge, PsyD, Director of Training, Walker

Burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are real issues for workers in social services. This training provides useful and practical information about the warning signs of vicarious trauma and how to practice good self-care to improve your work/life balance. (CEUs pending)


Upcoming Trainings
(More Information to Follow

Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom

Supporting LGBTQ Youth in the Classroom


For more information, contact:
Shannon Lee, Deputy Director of the Walker Trieschman Institute