Child Trauma Training Program for Professionals


Twelve12:Hope’s vision is to equip community leaders to offer healing and hope to traumatized children. Twelve12:Hope’s Executive Director has developed a model to bring healing and hope to traumatized children through individual, small group and community engagement. The program has been implemented in Kenya, Nigeria, Itaria District of DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, and Kurdistan region of Iraq. Children who have participated in the program live with chronic trauma represented by violence and exploitation, tragic deaths of family members, poverty, and geographical displacement. There is a need to train additional professionals to bring this child trauma model to additional locations. A cohort of 5 North American professionals will be selected to begin this training program in 2019, and in 2020, a cohort of international professionals will be selected to begin a similar training.


  1. Professional Degree-master’s or doctoral training in a field relevant to working with children and trauma; possible fields include: professional counseling/psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, teaching children with special needs.
  2. Professional Experience-work with children from ages 4-12 who have individually or collectively experienced acute trauma and/or chronic, complex trauma.
  3. Professional Vision to bring healing and hope to children experiencing trauma in cross-cultural settings.
  4. Candidates with cross-cultural experience will be given higher priority in the selection process; particularly those who have conducted cross-cultural trainings.
  5. Exposure to cross-cultural settings that require an ability to perceive and adapt to local social, cultural and religious norms.


  1. Small Group Cohort Training-meet for 3 days (Friday-Sunday) for 3 quarters beginning the 4th quarter of 2019 (iOctober 4-6, 2019)  and 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020 (January 31-February 2, and April 24-26, 2020); training to begin on Friday mornings at 9am and conclude 4pm on Sunday resulting in 9 days of training.
  2. Field Training Experience-conduct a full 10 days training with support and coaching from Executive Director. A 10 day training generally can extend to 14 days when incorporating international travel and often a day off between the 5 day training of participants and 5 day healing camp.


  1. Expenses for cohort training sessions including accommodations and meals will be covered by Twelve12:Hope; participants who incur travel expenses for the 3 weekends of training have the opportunity to apply for a grant for reimbursement of travel.
  2. Expenses for field training will be covered by Twelve12:Hope including travel, visa costs, accommodations and meals during the training. Incidental expenses beyond standard travel and room and board expenses will need to be covered by each individual.
  3. International Medical Insurance is required when traveling to international locations to conduct a child trauma training. Some insurance policies have international medical benefits. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine their level of coverage and request assistance from Twelve12:Hope if additional medical insurance is needed.
  4. Twelve12:Hope operates as a non-profit organization and therefore has to raise 100% of funding to support the mission. Participants in the professional training program may raise funding for professional loss of income. Those who request donations on behalf of their work with Twelve12:Hope will be required to sign a memo of understanding which gives the guidelines for seeking donations through Twelve12:Hope.

Application Process:

  1. Applicants should send cover letter, CV and answers to application questions to connect@twelve12hope.org by April 15th, 2019. .PDF or .Doc document formats preferred.
  2. Forward professional letter of reference form to your selected professional reference to complete and return to Twelve12:Hope in a timely manner.
  3. Applications will be reviewed by Twelve12:Hope’s Executive Director and our trauma coordinator in Zimbabwe.
  4. All individuals will be notified of acceptance or rejection by May 1st, 2019.
  5. All accepted applicants will be required to attend all 3 cohort trainings and complete field training in the second half of 2020.

Application Questions:

  1. Briefly describe your cross-cultural experiences including length of stay at each location.
  2.  In what ways are you most aware of yourself as a “person of culture;” In other words, how have your ethnic background, economic status, geographic location(s), gender, and/or generation contributed to you being the person that you are today?
  3.  Do you have any dietary restrictions or medical conditions that complicate cross  cultural living in remote regions? If yes, please explain.
  4.  How well do you generally cope with stress? When facing stressful times in your life, what coping strategies do you tend to use?
  5.  How well to you handle transitions associated with international travel and adjustment to new cultures?
  6.  Describe your therapeutic approach to working with children (aged 4-12) who live in chronic, complex traumatic environments.
  7.  List degrees earned and dates of completion.
  8.  List professional certification and licenses relevant to your profession.
  9.  What specialized training have you obtained in the area of children and trauma?
  10.  List professional work history relevant to work with children and trauma.
  11.  Other than English, in what languages are you fluent?
  12.  Describe your experience related to facilitating training for professionals in cross cultural settings.