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Instructional programs & training

Through our innovative and personalized services developing web-based, blended, and in-person instructional courses and training programs, the Shriver Center provides families and friends of children and adults with disabilities, self-advocates, clinicians, educators and human service workers with the knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of this population.

We have produced at least 100 learning programs for children, online teaching programs for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, training for professionals, and information and resources for the community. A sampling of our the courses we’ve designed and staff development and training programs we’ve developed are below.


Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research

CDDER provides valuable training services to developmental disability service agencies in order to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of the people they serve. 

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

The CANS Program offers training, certification, and support to Medicaid-funded behavioral health professionals in Massachusetts who serve children under the age of 20.


We supervise and educate many individuals at various stages of their research training, including residents, fellows, graduate students, medical students, as well as college and high school students.  

Neuroinformatics Program - ReproNim

ReproNim’s educational objective includes topical training in the overall issues that affect the reproducibility of neuroimaging research (data acquisition and characterization, experimental methods, analyses, record keeping and reporting, reusability, and sharing of data and methods)

Healthy People/Healthy Communities

We do training in the community, with professionals, and with researchers on promoting healthy lifestyles for children and youth with I/DD, including those on the autism spectrum. 

Sibling Support

A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative attracts motivated mental health trainees (residents, interns, and post-docs) at partnering agencies that are interested in sibling support.

1-2-3 Grow!

“1, 2, 3, Grow!” is a TV program about early childhood development for families of young children in 8 languages and cultures available on cable television stations across Massachusetts and on YouTube.