Connecticut

University of Connecticut School of Medicine - Center for Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders (CTDTD)

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 

The University of Connecticut Center for Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders (CTDTD) brings together developers and disseminators of leading evidence-based child developmental trauma treatments (Attachment-Regulation-Competence, ARC; Families OverComing Under Stress, FOCUS; Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma, ITCT-C/A; Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress, SPARCS; Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy, TARGET; Trauma and Grief Components Therapy for Adolescents, TGCTA; Trauma Systems Therapy, TST), to enable all NCTSN Category II and III Centers and their affiliated providers nationally to achieve competence in DTD assessment (with NCTSN DTD screening and interview protocols) and treatment (with systematic integrative best practice algorithms for child/family-centered outcome-based care). CTDTD will conduct surveys of NCTSN centers/affiliates and key-informant interviews with providers, children and families to identify critical clinical dilemmas that can lead to: (1) impasses or ruptures in engagement and the therapeutic alliance, (2) crises and significant increases in risk, and (3) ineffective developmental outcomes. Based on survey results, CTDTD will provide a series of more than 40 critical clinical incident-focused, case-focused, and public information-focused webinars co-presented by the Looking In Youth Theatre Group. Through these webinars, and by operationalizing Network Clinical Competencies Guidelines and extending Network Core Concepts/Components initiatives with Guidelines for DTD-informed Clinical Decision-making, CTDTD will enhance the ability of more than 40,000 peer and professional counselors to treat more than 100,000 children experiencing DTDs and their caregivers.

City, State: 
Farmington, CT
Contact: 
Julian Ford
Phone: 
(860) 679-8778
Email: 

Child Health & Development Institute of CT

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 

The Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC) is developing a more trauma-informed early childhood system of care in Connecticut, with an emphasis on the state’s neediest communities. The ECTC is led by the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), an intermediary organization that has partnered with state and provider agencies to disseminate and sustain children’s behavioral health evidence-based practices for more than 10 years. The ECTC is a collaboration between CHDI, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, The Connecticut Department of Children and Families, The Consultation Center at Yale University (evaluator), a family partner, treatment developers at other NCTSN sites, and a network of community-based provider agencies. The ECTC is improving access to trauma-focused services for Connecticut’s young children aged birth through 7 exposed to violence, abuse, and other forms of trauma by: 1) disseminating evidence-based treatments in the community; 2) developing internal capacity to support sustainability of these EBPs; and 3) improving the ability of the state’s early childhood workforce to identify and refer children and families in need of trauma-focused services. The ECTC will disseminate and sustain Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Treatment (TARGET), and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI).

City, State: 
Farmington, CT
Contact: 
Jason Lang
Phone: 
(860) 679-1550
Email: 

Village for Families and Children Inc., Collaborative Trauma Center

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The Collaborative Trauma Center will expand treatment options in the Village for Families & Children, Inc.’s multisite outpatient behavioral health clinic, and will enhance trauma-informed practices across the system of care for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. The center will build and sustain capacity to provide Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to 445 Hartford children (including those in military families) affected by abuse and neglect, domestic and community violence, out-of-home placement, and toxic stress. Treatment activities will focus on children aged 0–5. Additionally, the center will provide training for professionals from child-serving systems in the Hartford area; and will work to expand the capacity of partnering clinical organizations to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed care.

City, State: 
Hartford, CT
Contact: 
Catherine Corto-Mergins
Phone: 
(860) 297-0568

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ)

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021 and 2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The University of Connecticut Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ) brings together national leaders working with traumatized youth involved in the Juvenile Justice, Courts, and Law Enforcement and youth advisors, in order to provide traumatic stress treatment and services adaptation services to enable systems/providers/organizations to adopt, adapt, and deliver evidence based trauma specific interventions (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy-Adolescents, TARGET-A, nationwide train-the-trainer initiative; Trauma and Grief Components Therapy-Adolescents, TGCTA; sustaining 3 state/multi-county dissemination projects; Families OverComing Under Stress, FOCUS; nationwide dissemination for justice-involved and military families) and trauma informed services (the Think Trauma curriculum and toolkit) culturally competently. CTRJJ will provide training and technical assistance to more than 5000 youth/family serving programs and 40,000 professional/peer service providers to reduce health disparities for more than 200,000 traumatized youth/families who are at risk or involved in juvenile justice. CTRJJ will work with members of the NCTSN in creating, refining, and disseminating resources such as the Essential Elements of Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice Systems and Juvenile Court Trauma-Informed Self-Assessment, Fact Sheets on Traumatic Stress Screening, Intervention, and Services for Girls in JJCLE, and the 2015 National Survey of Trauma-informed Juvenile Probation which CTRJJ will adapt and replicate in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center, National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center, and International Association of Chiefs of Police.

City, State: 
Farmington, CT
Contact: 
Julian Ford
Phone: 
(860) 679-8778
Email: 

Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., The Morris A. Wessel Program for Military Families

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016 and 2005 - 2009]
Description: 
The mission of Clifford Beers Clinic is to provide accessible, community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and families. Clifford Beers Clinic works with partners across the state and within the local community to connect families with trauma-informed treatment and wraparound services that benefit the entire family. The HONORS (Homes Obtaining Nurturance, Opportunities, Recovery, and Support) Project at Clifford Beers Clinic provides therapy for children and caregivers of military families living in Connecticut. HONORS provides individual, family, and group therapy that is tailored to the needs of each family situation. Clients may participate in a number of evidence-based treatments such as TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFCR (Strengthening Family Coping Resources), and MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct).
City, State: 
New Haven, CT
Contact: 
Alice M. Forrester
Phone: 
(203) 777-8648

Yale University, Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC)

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016, 2010 - 2013, 2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 

The Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC) at the Yale School of Medicine serves as the TSA Center in the area of acute/early/brief intervention, providing national expertise for early/acute responses to traumatic experiences, and supporting adaptation of early evidence-based treatments and service approaches following recent potentially traumatic events. CVTC will: 1) expand implementation of acute/early/brief trauma interventions, including the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and treatment applications, as well as Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence (LE CEV). CFTSI is currently the only evidence-based brief, early mental health treatment for children 7-18 who have experienced a recent traumatic event and will be expanded to new populations including young children (ages 3-6) and medically/physically injured children. The acute/early/brief trauma interventions provided with law enforcement, based on the Child Development Community Policing (CD-CP) program, will also be expanded; 2) increase capacity of child-serving systems, including law enforcement and CACs, to support identification, referral, access and utilization of evidence-based trauma informed approaches, by developing engagement strategies designed specifically to engage families in the early/acute phase of trauma response that have not yet reached out for mental health treatment and other services; 3) develop, train, implement and evaluate acute/early/brief screening and identification protocols and early mental health treatments by initiating three Learning Communities focused on young children, medically/physically injured children and CACs; and 4) provide leadership to NCTSN committees and collaborate with NCTSN centers to develop products.

City, State: 
New Haven, CT
Contact: 
Hilary Hahn
Phone: 
(203) 737-6340
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