Child Trauma Training Institute 2011-12

Long Distance Learning Available for Our 2011 - 2012 Training Year!

Learn from the comfort of your own home or office, without the added expense of travel and lodging. For info, contact Rod Wood at 415-359-2452 or

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For More Information:

Lesley Sternin, LCSW, Director;; 415-359-2476

Child Trauma Training Institute
Parents Place
Koret Family Resource Center
1710 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94115


Child Trauma Training Institute 2011-12

(For Child Trauma Training Institute 2012-13 information. click here.)

The Child Trauma Training Institute provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based training for early childhood mental health professionals. Our mission is to enhance knowledge about the treatment of traumatized children ages birth through 5 years. Participants have the opportunity to develop or expand skills in relationship-based treatment for children and families, with an emphasis on the impact of trauma in early childhood.

Trauma and Young Children

Young children exposed to trauma are at risk for significant cognitive, social, and emotional problems. Trauma can negatively affect children's brain development, readiness to learn, and family relationships. Skillful intervention in the early years of a child's development requires special training in the foundations of early childhood mental health.

Alliance with UCSF General Hospital

The Institute is sponsored by JFCS' Parents Place San Francisco in collaboration with University of California / San Francisco General Hospital / Child Trauma Research Program.

The Program

Currently, the program offers a fellowship in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based, dyadic model of treatment for young children. Topics included are:

• Advanced Theory: attachment, psychodynamic, trauma

• Treatment Targets and Strategies

• The Assessment Process

• Perturbations in Early Relationships

• Treating Disturbances and Disorders

• Variations in Child-Parent Psychotherapy

• Advanced Diagnostic Classification System 0 – 3

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See Faculty

Contact program staff (see contact information in left column) for more information.

Eligibility and Fees

Clinicians who have a special interest in Early Childhood Mental Health and who want to expand their knowledge of both the foundations in this field and the theory and treatment of trauma should apply.

Subsidized tuition is $1,500 per year and is made possible by generous grants from the John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund, other individual donations, fees, and corporate grants. These scholarships are available to encourage agency staff to enroll. For others, full tuition is $5,000 for the nine-month program.

Contact program staff (see contact information in left column) for more information.