An Evidence-Based Trauma-Informed Practice Model will be developed to build a comprehensive network of evidence-based, trauma-informed service providers to reach children aged 0–6 and their families throughout the rural/frontier area of northern New Mexico. The target populations are predominantly living in poverty, are about 75 percent Latino/Latina, and are at very high risk for traumatic experiences. The project will provide direct trauma-focused services to 1,580 individuals during the four years of the grant. A wide variety of integrated evidence-based, trauma-informed strategies will be used including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBP), Circle of Security™, art therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).
The Addressing Childhood Trauma through Intervention, Outreach, and Networking (ACTION) project supports the University of New Mexico Children's Psychiatric Center (UNM-CPC) through maintaining a trauma-focused specialty clinic and offering a wide range of training and consultation opportunities for providers and trainees within the system. The ACTION Clinic serves children and adolescents ages 5–18 and their families, providing integrated evidence-based treatments including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET). Special emphasis is placed upon culturally responsive, contextually driven service delivery given the high percentage of under-served, ethnically and culturally diverse families who seek trauma-informed services at UNM-CPC. In particular, ACTION is focused on serving Native American, refugee and military families as well as LGBTQ-identified youth. ACTION also provides training and consultation across the state of New Mexico in trauma-informed practices to service systems such as child protective services, juvenile justice, schools, and a variety of behavioral health agencies who serve traumatized youth and families. In addition, ACTION is committed to the dissemination of ARC and TARGET models of complex trauma treatment throughout New Mexico, given the scarcity of service providers who are trained in evidence-based treatments for trauma.