DENVER, Colo., January 7, 2013 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of treatment and education for children who suffer from abuse, neglect, or mental illness, announced that its clinical director, Kirk Ward, has been named a CTA Fellow by The ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Fellows are nominated based on their recognized capacity to work well in cross-institutional settings and their ability to communicate effectively across disciplines. Ward joins the ranks of 30 people around the world who are specialists in the treatment of children who suffer from the effects of trauma, often due to physical or sexual abuse.
The Child Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children through service, research and education, primarily through the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). The model was developed by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned child trauma expert and founder of the CTA. Perry’s techniques focus on stimulating brain development to help children overcome the debilitating effects of abuse and neglect.
The CTA created the Child Trauma Academy Fellows Program to establish a community of experts who have a common desire to improve the lives of high-risk children and their families. The program identifies professionals from a diverse range of professional disciplines who have a history of excellence, and provides them with opportunities to work together for specific CTA program or training activities, services, and projects.
Ward holds BA degrees in psychology and history from the University of Colorado and an MSW from the University of Denver. Ward is also a certified NMT trainer.
“Kirk’s well-deserved recognition as a leader in trauma-informed care builds upon Mount Saint Vincent’s recent designation as a flagship site for NMT,” said Executive Director Sister Amy Willcott. “His knowledge of NMT and its impact on brain development is extensive, and we are seeing marked improvement in our children as a result of the application of these innovative techniques.”
About Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and those with significant mental health issues. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K-8 school, community early learning center, and therapeutic early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.
About The Child Trauma Academy
The Child Trauma Academy (CTA), founded by renowned child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. The academy works to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems. For more information, visit childtrauma.org.
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