District of Columbia

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 

The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing currently provides trauma-informed group and individual therapy, implemented using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to children and adolescents in public and public charter schools in Washington, DC, through its Resilient Scholars Project (RSP). With the NCTSN grant, RSP is expanding its services to offer home-based, family therapy, implemented using Trauma Adapted – Family Connections (TA-FC), to a subset of youth ages 12-17 who are already enrolled in the school-based services. RSP also includes trauma training/consultation for school/community partner personnel. In addition, RSP features both a policy and a research component. The children and youth in RSP are often exposed to domestic/community violence, sexual/physical assault, abuse, neglect, homicide, incarceration, suicide, homelessness, and intergenerational trauma. RSP services are focused in neighborhoods predominantly comprised of African American and Latino families who are impacted by poverty and violent crime. TA-FC is an evidence-based, culturally-informed intervention that incorporates case management to address basic needs and works holistically with students and their caregiving systems to address underlying trauma and build needed strategies and capacity to cope with future trauma exposure. The Wendt Center partners with the University of Maryland, Baltimore for technical expertise on TA-FC and The Catholic University of America for evaluation support.

City, State: 
Washington, DC
Contact: 
Rebecca Roesch, MSSW, LICSW, LCSW
Phone: 
(202) 341-1225
Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 
The Healing, Recovering, and Empowering Together (HEART) program is based out of the Center for Families and Children at Community Connections in Washington, D.C. HEART’s mission is to improve early access to integrated high quality behavioral health and trauma specific treatment for children, adolescents, and their families, and to disrupt the transmission of intergenerational trauma. Family peers and clinicians will develop and implement creative strategies to provide coordinated services that will allow for integrated child and adult services. HEART utilizes Community Based Intervention (CBI) and Family Team Meetings with trauma-specific evidence-based practices offerings: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for 1:1 child-specific recovery work, Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR) for multi-family group recovery work, and Trauma Recovery and Empowerment (TREM) for adult women’s recovery work.
City, State: 
Washington, DC
Contact: 
Katie Kennedy
Phone: 
(202) 683-1075
Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2005]
Description: 
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a nonprofit agency that has been providing mental health services to children and families since 1977. The Wendt Center serves people throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area who have experienced the death of a loved one, are living with life-threatening illness, and/or have experienced a traumatic event such as sexual assault, domestic violence, or neighborhood violence. Individual counseling, trauma- and grief-based support groups, a summer grief camp for children, and training for mental health professionals are at the heart of the Wendt Center’s services. In 1999 the Wendt Center created the first program in the United States to provide onsite grief counseling to families who must visit the city morgue to identify a deceased loved one. Through this work the Wendt Center has developed an expertise in serving children from families that have experienced a traumatic loss.
City, State: 
Washington, DC
Contact: 
Michelle Palmer
Phone: 
(202) 204-5019
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