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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.

Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth:
A Guide for Clinicians in Providing Supportive and Culturally Responsive Services

Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 AM
Walker, 1968 Central Avenue, Needham

Colby Swettberg, EdM, LCSW

"Are you a boy or a girl?" Notions of gender are often couched in binary terms, but more and more young people are voicing that they do not fit into the gender categories that are assumed of them. This workshop will explore the differences between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation and how providers can offer culturally responsive services to support transgender and gender non-conforming children and adolescents. We will discuss developmentally appropriate ways to talk with young people about gender and some of the options that are available to youth who may choose to transition. Finally we will examine the impact and supports that can be put in place for families with a transgender child. 

CEUs pending for this training for LCSW/LICSW, LMHC, LMFT


Upcoming Trainings
(More Information to Follow

Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom


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