Douglas Walker, PhD
Douglas W. Walker, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director of Mercy Family Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Investigator of Project Fleur-de-lis, a school-based mental health system for 60 New Orleans area schools, a member site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN.org). In addition Dr. Walker is a consultant to the Association for International Schools in Africa and theNational Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has most recently provided training and consultation for Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health in immediate and long-term mental health crisis response.
Throughout 2013, Dr. Walker provided training and consultation to school-based mental health professionals in New York City and Long Island who served students and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In addition Dr. Walker assisted Nairobi’s international school community by providing care and guidance to students, parents, teachers and administrators impacted by the Westgate Mall terrorist attack and has served as technical advisor to the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools in Africa andGuyana’s Ministry of Health to assist in the dissemination of trauma focused, evidence – based practices.
Trust the process
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Douglas’ interest in trauma began early in his career while studying psychoneuroimmunology and then working at Children’s Hospital with kids who had gone through traumatic experiences. Douglas also points to August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit and it was during this time that he became the survivor and began helping others who were so much less fortunate.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Douglas relates the story of how early in his career he felt as though he could take on any and every case, something he terms the superman syndrome, without really taking his own health and well-being into consideration.
The realization that so many kids have experienced traumatic events that are lasting.
- Create a weekly schedule and caseload that’s mixed, that involves not strictly trauma clients. Pace yourself!
- Get to the conferences, and once there, ask questions and talk to people!
Douglas’ Go-To Books
- Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, Judith A. Cohen
- CBITS: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, Lisa Jaycox