Massachusetts

National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research

Funding Period: 
[2003-2007]
Description: 
The National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research has led the nation in developing and disseminating knowledge about trauma and violence and addressing its effects on homeless families for more than 20 years. As a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network from 2003 to 2007, the National Center and its partners formed the National Collaborative for Trauma-Surviving Homeless Children to address the unmet trauma-related needs of homeless children and their parents. The National Center has developed a Trauma-Informed Organizational Curriculum for use in homeless service settings, settings serving women, veterans, and children, and organizations serving displaced populations. The central component of the curriculum is a Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment that includes concrete practices or benchmarks of trauma-informed care for special populations, and serves as a guide for agencies to begin the process of adopting a trauma-informed approach agency-wide. The National Center provides training and technical assistance on traumatic stress, trauma-informed care, and secondary traumatic stress and self-care both locally and nationally, and provides individualized consultation to support organizations in implementing a trauma-informed service model.
Contact: 
Kathleen Guarino
Phone: 
(781) 373-7066

LUK Crisis Center, Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016 and 2009-2012]
Description: 
LUK Crisis Center—working in partnership with public and private agencies, and military entities—will enhance its Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) to strengthen, expand, and improve access to and availability of effective and culturally competent trauma-informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment for children/youth aged 0–18. With a focus on children/youth in military families who experience traumatic events, CMCTC will target 400 children/youth and families, implementing Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), in 65 cities and towns in central Massachusetts. Strategies include: 1) increasing the identification of trauma symptoms among children/youth, with an emphasis on military families; 2) building sustainable capacity to provide evidence-based trauma treatment and trauma-informed services within the community agencies implementing the models; and 3) improving the cultural competence of providers and child-serving entities in working with military families who have experienced trauma.
Contact: 
Beth Barto
Phone: 
(978) 345-0685
Email: 
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