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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.  

Training for Adoption Competency
 We are pleased to announce the opportunity for child and family serving agencies in Massachusetts to apply for the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC). TAC is a nationally recognized program developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). It is jointly sponsored here in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Child & Family Services/Adoption Journeys and Walker. The goal of this offering is to support capacity development for adoption competency in child and family serving agencies in Massachusetts. Successful applicants will send up to three (but no less than two) clinical staff, including one clinical supervisor, to participate in the yearlong TAC training in which they will develop the critical competencies needed to provide quality mental health services to those whose lives have been touched by adoption. The TAC is being offered free of charge to participating agencies, with generous support from the Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center.

Please click on the agency application for more information and to apply.
TAC Agency Application

Upcoming Trainings
In collaboration with Lasell College and DESE Special Education Professional Development Institute, WTI presents:

Supportive School Discipline: Using restorative practices and trauma sensitive classrooms to create a supportive learning environment for all students.
September 12, 2017 - June 12, 2018 
Worcester, MA
Click here for specific dates, further information, and to register.


For more information, please contact:

John Kelty, PhD
Senior Director of WTI


Mina Burbridge, PsyD
Director of Training