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) initiative will support the university’s Children's Psychiatric Center Outpatient Services (CPC-OS) in implementing an outpatient trauma-informed specialty clinic serving children and adolescents aged 5–18 who have experienced trauma, with special emphasis on serving children/youth from military families and Native American children/youth. ACTION plans to enroll 165 children and adolescents over the life of the grant.