NKU Training and Development Center

In keeping with NKU's core value of community engagement, the Training and Development Center (TDC) is a unique community-based service and training program that provides low cost mental health and social services to underserved residents of northern Kentucky.  The program is operated by the Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership under the direction of David W. Wilkerson, LCSW, LISW-S, who has managed the program since its inception.  In collaboration with NKU faculty, community mental health, criminal justice, addiction services, and other social service agencies, the TDC serves as a high quality training site for graduate and undergraduate students from the Department.  In addition to Social Work and Counseling students, students from Chase Law School and the NKU Criminal Justice program have also completed field work at the Center. 

The TDC currently partners with the Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court, the Northern Kentucky Recovery Centers, NKY Teen Court, the City Heights Health Center, and NKU Nursing to provide diagnostic assessment and mental health treatment services to clients of these programs.  With funding from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the counties of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell, the TDC provides evaluation and case management services for all persons referred to the Mental Health Court program and counseling to those who cannot otherwise access these services. 

Counseling, Human Services, and Social Work students from NKU gain professional experience at the TDC providing assessment, counseling, and case management services to clients of the Center.   Students also learn administrative skills and how various local community service systems function to address the needs of persons with co-existing mental health, medical, criminal justice and substance abuse issues. 

TDC consistently earns high marks from its students for the quality of their supervision and field experience:

"The population served by the TDC is very diverse and provided me with the opportunity to work with people experiencing a wide range of mental disorders.  I feel very confident as I prepare to start a new job as a therapist in June..." - former TDC graduate intern

Students interested in field placement or internship experiences with the TDC may contact their faculty coordinator for more information or contact the TDC Director, David W. Wilkerson, at 859-760-5099.  Email wilkersond1@nku.edu