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The Child Trauma Institute (CTI) was established at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., in 2011. Dr. Donald Walker leads the CTI team comprised of clinical psychology doctoral students within the School of Psychology & Counseling as well as strategic partners at other universities, community clinics, NGOs and churches. Our mission is to help child abuse survivors resolve spiritual struggles from abuse and to help prevent abuse inside and outside the church. We invite you to learn more about what we do and the role you can play in upholding the value and care of children and teens around the world.


We provide training and education to professionals and students to equip them to respond to survivors of child abuse in both faith-based and community settings.


We conduct basic and applied research regarding the effects of child abuse on spirituality and the effectiveness of spiritually oriented trauma focused psychotherapy for children and teens. We also conduct research designed to prevent future incidents of child abuse.

Clinical Practice

We provide clinical services to children and teens who have been abused, in collaboration with our community partners.

Regent University's Child Trauma Institute views clinical practice, research and training as interrelated. Each area informs the other.