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Welcome to CRESTSprogram!

Culturally Responsive, Evidence-Based Strategies for Traumatic Stress(CRESTS)

Placing Culture at the Center of Trauma-Informed Care

About Us

The CRESTSprogram is an online communiversity offering courses that place culture at the center of knowledge acquisition. We provide space for professionals and parents/caretakers to decolonize their thinking as it relates to their work for and with Black people and other persons of color.


Our training offers short-term workshops as well as full credentialing programs in a variety of disciplines, such as mental health and education. These courses are offered asynchronously so that individuals can enroll and begin learning at any time. Additionally, participants can work at their own pace and when their busy schedules allow.


Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph. D. 

Founder and CEO

CRESTSprogram's "Videos on Demand" Library

Thanks for visiting the CRESTSprogram website!  While you are here, please take a look at the courses and credentialing programs available in our "Videos on Demand" library! We have at least one training program that will revolutionize the ways that you intervene with communities of color! 

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For educators (i.e., teachers, administrators, other school staff members), parents/guardians, mental health clinicians, or graduate students, we offer courses (individual webinars, 3- or 4-part webinar series) and the CRESTS-Achieve credentialing program.  You can pay to enroll in one of these courses/programs, and then watch the recorded video(s) whenever it is most convenient for you.  For educators and parents, we strongly recommend the 4-part webinar series, “Cultured-Centered Mondays”.  For mental health clinicians, we strongly recommend the 3-part webinar series, “African-Centered Counseling Theories”.


If you start your CRESTS-Achieve training journey today, enroll in one or more of our courses/programs using the 25% discount system-wide discount  –  “ESEA25OFF”.  


We offer training, consultation, assessments, technical assistance, and coaching to teachers, administrators, mental health providers, other school staff, and parents/guardians.  We can work with you to design and implement services tailored to your specific training needs, goals, objectives, and intended outcomes within a school district or an individual school. 


If you have funding and decision-making power and want to utilize CRESTS-Achieve’s training services for your school district or individual school during the current or upcoming academic year, please contact us at: (or  

Our Programs

CRESTS-Achieve is a culture-centered, trauma-informed care credentialing program for educators, mental health professionals, and parents. This training program helps adults who work with Black children to counter race-based trauma and continuous traumatic stress. The goal is to transform children's home and school environments to promote academic excellence and socio-emotional well-being.

CRESTS-Liberate is an Emancipatory Research TM credentialing program for individuals in grassroots, community-based, k-12 education, academic, and practitioner-based settings. Designed to liberate scholars and community members alike from colonized thinking about who research is for and its purpose. Learners acquire concrete decolonized research skills to collect, analyze, and interpret data from a culture-centered perspective.

CRESTS-Pediatrics is a culture-centered credentialing program for individuals who work with young children (0-5 years) who have experienced some form of trauma. This training program has a special focus on race-based trauma, intergenerational trauma, and historical trauma for Black children and other children of color. 

CRESTS-Theories is a credentialing program that introduces culture-centered counseling theories for mental health professionals to expand their knowledge of evidence-based practice, particularly when working with clients of African descent and other non-White clients. Learners will acquire knowledge of the diverse African-, Indigenous-, Latino-, and Asian-centered theories, interventions, and assessment tools. 

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