Road to Recovery: Trauma Informed Care

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is offering an exciting training opportunity – FREE to selected applicants.  The Center is recruiting applicants to become master trains of the Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. This training curriculum was developed through a partnership between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin and is in use across the United States and beyond.  It was developed because of the severe lack of knowledge and awareness of the mental health needs of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), and in the interest of developing better capacity to address those needs.

The training offers IDD professionals, mental health professionals, family members, educators, direct care workers, and others valuable insights into how to support children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in healing from trauma. It offers new perspectives of “behaviors” that may actually be caused by trauma and are not being addressed by traditional intervention models.  This is a new way of thinking about how we support children with IDD.

The training will consist of six virtual training sessions conducted by expert trainers, with the first two sessions led by nationally renowned trauma informed care expert Dr. Karyn Harvey.  Master trainers are then part of an ongoing learning community and expected to offer the training to others. 

Printed training materials, ongoing support and technical assistance will be included.


How do I apply?

To apply to be part of the next cohort of master trainers, please complete the application and return it to

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to submit your application is Monday, November 14, 2022. 

Who can become a master trainer?

This training is open to IDD professionals, mental health professionals, family members, educators, direct care workers, and others. If you aren't sure, please contact Laura Buckner at

Do I need to be able to attend all of the training dates in order to be considered?

Yes, it is important that you are able to attend all of the training dates (see dates below). We have six virtual training sessions, and vital information is covered at each session.


Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM CST

  • January 17, 2023
  • January 24, 2023
  • January 31, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • February 14, 2023
  • February 21, 2023

The Road to Recovery toolkit can be found on the NCTSN website: supporting-children-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-who-have.

For more information, contact: Laura Buckner at

This project is funded through a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.


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