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This division of WTI focuses on three main areas:

  • Professional development to increase staff competency in working effectively with youth and families

  • Management and supervisory training

  • Training for parents and caregivers to best support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, psychological and educational needs.

Current training and professional development offerings include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Sharing:
This 6-hour workshop is geared toward family partners, parents of children with histories of involvement with the mental health, child welfare, and special education systems and young adults with lived experience in these systems, who want to learn how best to tell their story for the purposes of personal and/or systemic advocacy. Strategic Sharing provides participants with a safe space and the tools necessary to carefully craft their personal narrative and learn how to share it with professionals and those not in the field to reduce stigma around these issues.

Training for Adoption Competence (TAC):
This year-long course is designed to help clinicians, social workers, and clinical supervisors become more competent in their work in adoption and adoption related-issues. 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. Participants who complete this course will receive a certificate of completion denoting them as an Adoption Competent clinician, and professional continuing education credits. TAC is emerging as an evidence-based curriculum and each of the 11 modules is designed to delve deeply into specific issues related to adoption such as: grief/loss; issues of interracial adoptions; and issues for birth families, including birth fathers.

Youth-Centered Permanency Round Tables (YC-PRT):
Youth-Centered Permanency Round Tables explore the importance of permanency for all youth placed in out-of-home care. YC-PRTs are structured team consultations that focus on breaking down barriers in order to find legal permanency and increase permanent connections for youth. Through this two-day training, participants will become proficient in running YC-PRTs in their agencies to support and promote their permanency planning initiatives.

Supportive School Discipline Series:
This institute focuses on key concepts related to the principles and practices of supportive school discipline and positive, supportive learning environments. Beginning with national data on the impact of positive, supportive models of and approaches to school discipline, participants will learn the foundational research that underlies these methods, specifically research that addresses the impact of trauma on student affect, cognition, and behavior in school as a heuristic for understanding the negative impact of punitive models of school discipline. Theories and interventions covered in this institute include: The Trauma Center’s Attachment, Self‑Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model; Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS); Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS); Restorative Justice; Social Thinking. Finally, participants will examine these models and approaches through the lens of working with special populations, including students presenting with anxiety and depression; students who are immigrants, homeless, or in foster care; and students who identify as LGBTQ. This year-long course is sponsored and approved by DESE for school personnel for the 2018-2019 academic year, and will begin in September 2018. We are now accepting registrations! Click here here for more information and to register for free.

We also offer several 2-hour trainings on various topics such as:

Becoming Trauma Informed:
This training offers a solid foundational understanding of how early childhood trauma impacts growth, development, and future functioning. Focusing on the results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs), this training looks at the neurobiological, psychological, and behavioral impact of early trauma and what can be done to reverse some of the damage.

Understanding Burn-Out, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue:
This training takes an in-depth look at the issues of burn-out and vicarious trauma as it pertains to human services providers.  Participants will learn about the warning signs of vicarious trauma and how to use the Pro-QOL to measure work satisfaction, burn-out, and compassion fatigue.

Solution Focused Therapy: Practical uses outside the therapy office:
This training reviews the basic principles of Solution Focused Therapy and ties the concepts into practical solutions for use in a classroom or milieu setting.  Great for educators, milieu workers, and others who are looking for practical applications of this positive and strength-based therapeutic approach in their classrooms, programs, and schools.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Practical uses outside the therapy office:
This training reviews the basic principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ties concepts into practical solutions for use in a classroom or milieu setting.  Great for educators, milieu workers, and others who are looking for practical applications of this skill building therapeutic approach in their classrooms, programs, and schools.

Bullying Training
This training reviews the types of bullying and the national and Massachusetts specific prevalence rates of bullying. This training is excellent for use in schools, mental health agencies/clinics, and in other programs serving youth. The training not only provides the basic information and laws regarding this important topic but also has resources to offer kids and staff alike.

Suicide Prevention:
This training takes an in depth look at the prevalence of suicide within our society, on the whole. It addresses the warning signs that someone is contemplating suicide and offers tools for how to best address this topic with tweens and teens.

For additional information about these training offerings, please contact: Mina Burbridge, PsyD, Director of Training and Professional Development at or 781-292-2127. 



At Walker, we are proud to offer a rich array of active field learning experiences across a number of different disciplines. Undergraduate students can gain experience in our residential program as they pursue their Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study (psychology, sociology, social work, social justice). Walker offers many different graduate level clinical training opportunities both on our Needham and Watertown campuses. Students studying Macro Social Work as well as those with an interest in social science research can find a place in the Walker internship program. 

Please find a complete listing of our internship and training offerings by clicking on the following link: 2019-2020 Internship/Training Openings 

If you wish to receive additional information about Walker’s internship program, please contact our Director of Internship Program, Jennie Shaw, LICSW at or 781-292-2101.