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About Us

As a service to the community, Children & Families First's Brain Science Training Institute (BSTI) offers brain science expert-led in-person and virtual trainings, community education programs, leadership development, and supportive consultation services to support:

  • Understanding of how trauma and adversity impact health, safety, and well-being

  • Recognition of trauma's prevalence and intergenerational transmission throughout our communities

  • Building trauma-informed systems of care that prevent, intervene, and heal together

Who Do We Train:

Direct Service Providers

Doctors & Nurses

Social Workers

Mental Health Clinicians

First Responders

Police & Fire



Family & Community

Teachers & School Admins

Parents & Caregivers


Current Opportunities:

TRAINING: Trauma Informed Care for the Community

Date & Time By Request

This engaging and interactive 3 hour workshop provides an understanding of brain science research and the impact of trauma on our communities with a defined focus on immediate actions for individuals and groups to implement trauma-informed care practices.

Participants will learn:

  • Different types of traumatic events

  • Various signs of traumatic events

  • The impact of trauma on brain structure, development, and functioning

  • How to prevent and overcome trauma

  • Introductory steps for trauma-informed organizations

  • Where to find additional information to learn more about trauma

  • 1 hour modules can be added to focus on specific populations

How to request a training:

  • Any person person or organization may request a training of their staff, volunteers, or the public

  • Call us at 302-545-0689 or send us an email

  • We'll answer all your questions, discuss dates and times best for you, and determine format

  • You'll receive a customized price quote and proposal

Meet The Trainers:

Kiera McGillivray, LMFT

Kiera McGillivray is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Chief Program Officer for School-Based Initiatives with Children & Families First. Kiera is trained in several trauma focused modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trauma-Informed Yoga, Trauma Focused Expressive Arts Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy with Neurorelational Emphasis. She is published in internationally peer-reviewed journals on the topics of trauma and children, and has presented to military personnel, clinicians, educators, law enforcement, and victim service professionals on trauma, children, resilience and ethics. Kiera McGillivray is also a clinical supervisor and co-chair of the Brain Science Training Institute. 

Shannon Fisch, LCSW

Shannon Fisch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Delaware and is the Director of Operations & Risk Management with Children & Families First. Shannon Fisch received her post graduate certification in trauma from Widener University and her non-profit management certification from University of Delaware.Shannon is an avid volunteer in her profession, currently serving as secretary and previously serving as the treasurer and president for the National Association of Social Workers - Delaware Chapter. Shannon Fisch is also a clinical supervisor and co-chair of the Brain Science Training Institute.

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