Allegheny General Hospital-Singer Research Institute, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016, 2009 - 2012, 2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]

The Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents will provide national expertise in Clinical Interventions for Traumatic Stress Reactions and Traumatic Grief. The center—which developed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)—will adapt both interventions for foster children with severe behavioral traumatic stress reactions, will develop a culturally adapted AF-CBT implementation manual, and will provide culturally adapted TF-CBT and AF-CBT training and consultation to therapists who treat military children. In addition, the center will: 1) address behavioral health disparities for children in foster care, LGBTQ youth, and military children with traumatic stress reactions or traumatic grief; 2) collaborate with Persad Center (the nation's second-oldest LGBTQ provider organization) to develop toolkits for child and adolescent mental health providers; 3) adapt TF-CBT treatment materials; 4) provide LGBTQ-competent TF-CBT training to therapists; and 5) develop a Clinical Interventions for Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Grief Partnership composed of national experts, highly experienced service providers, and consumers. This group will create and evaluate strategies of national impact to establish a sustainable workforce of therapists who can provide affordable, high-quality TF-CBT and AF-CBT for children across the United States.

Judith Cohen
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