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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 Walker, by promoting the integration of research and training into everyday practice. We are proud 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, 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 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 and 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. WTI demonstrates its commitment to this mission by ensuring that caring adults have the tools they need to be successful in these endeavors.  

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 scroll down for further information.

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, & Vicarious Trauma
Friday, March 3, 2017 from 9-11 AM
Walker, 1968 Central Avenue, Needham

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)



Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth and Families
Friday, March 10, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 AM
Walker, 1968 Central Avenue, Needham

Colby Swettberg, EdM, LCSW

Due to stigma, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and those who are questioning (Q) their sexuality or gender identity face disproportionate rates of harassment and mistreatment in their families and communities, and among service providers as well. This workshop will explore best practices in evaluating the risks LGBTQ young people are faced with, and will explore effective interventions as well as strategies through which providers may foster resilience and improve service delivery with LGBTQ youth from a strengths-based perspective.


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