New York

The Safe Mothers Safe Children (SMSC), New York University Lagoon School of Medicine: Child Trauma Institute

Funding Period: 
[2007-2012]
Description: 

The Safe Mothers Safe Children (SMSC) initiative seeks to reduce the risk of repeat child maltreatment through a multi-pronged intervention that enhances the identification, case management, and treatment of mothers receiving preventive services for trauma-related disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. The intervention is designed to treat PTSD and depression and foster positive parenting as a means of reducing child maltreatment and enhancing maternal and child well-being. The treatment is delivered at partner agencies’ sites and consists of 23 sessions. In addition, the SMSC initiative aims to help preventive agencies identify traumatized mothers who are at risk for repeat maltreatment and/or foster care placement; improve access to mental health services for mothers at high risk; increase caseworker knowledge of trauma and its impact on parenting and child maltreatment; increase caseworkers’ knowledge of early childhood needs and resources; develop caseworkers’ engagement skills with traumatized clients; and improve preventive agency practice.

Contact: 
Roni Avinadav
Phone: 
(646) 754-4815

Bellevue Hospital Center, Creating Trauma-Informed Care in Juvenile Secure Detention

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

Creating Trauma-Focused Care in Juvenile Secure Detention will establish trauma-informed mental health screening in New York City (NYC)’s two secure juvenile detention centers. The program will establish evidence-based skills groups to help reduce trauma-related problems, and will build collaborative partnerships in the child-serving systems associated with juvenile detention to increase trauma responsiveness in those systems. Goals include: 1) establish systematic trauma-informed mental health screening, evaluate that process, and develop and disseminate a product through the NCTSN network; 2) adapt the STAIR-A skill-building group protocol for use in juvenile detention by juvenile detention center staff and mental health clinicians and evaluate the approach; 3) infuse into NYC secure juvenile detention an awareness of trauma and a common language and methodology for handling trauma-related emotional and behavioral issues and evaluate this approach; and 4) build a collaborative partnership among major youth-serving systems that interact directly with NYC juvenile detention centers (e.g., probation, family courts, agencies providing non-secure detention) and extend trauma knowledge and trauma-informed care into those systems. During the four- year project, assuming admissions to the facilities remain at current levels, we expect that 3,256 unduplicated residents will be screened. Using a train-the-trainer model, we will train 30 co-trainers from within the facilities, and deliver the NCTSN-developed Think Trauma training curriculum to 350 juvenile justice staff. After all secure detention staff are trained, we will provide yearly trauma-informed booster training sessions at each site. Over the course of the project, we will train 75 juvenile justice direct care staff as STAIR-A group leaders within their facilities, and, assuming admissions to the facilities remain at current levels, 1,512 residents will participate in STAIR-A groups. Residents will reinforce the skills they learn in STAIR-A groups through participation in skills practice sessions on their residential halls, and selected residents will publicize and encourage practice of STAIR-A skills through participation in a youth leadership group.

Contact: 
Michael Surko
Phone: 
(646) 935-7284

Adelphia University, Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training and Treatment

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training and Treatment at the School of Social Work will: 1) create a skilled trauma-focused workforce of social work and other mental health professionals on Long Island and in parts of New York City; 2) support delivery of evidence-based treatments to adolescents across Long Island, with an emphasis on youth in residential settings; and 3) build on existing collaborations with local and national agencies, and with service systems, to improve the quality of trauma-informed services by multidisciplinary providers (e.g., child welfare, probation). During the four years of the project, the institute will provide training on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child and adolescent trauma to more than 1,300 social work students and multidisciplinary providers across the region, extending the scope of evidence-based and trauma-informed service delivery to more than 4,000 adolescents.

Contact: 
Victor Labruna
Phone: 
(516) 672-3859

Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center will be created by Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education in southwest Brooklyn, to further develop and validate trauma-informed treatments and services that will serve culturally diverse children and youth, and their families. The goals are to: 1) form a community coalition focused on building capacity to address child and family trauma, particularly within the context of larger child-serving systems including day care, preschools, schools, youth services, and child welfare; 2) build up community and stakeholder consensus and work collaboratively with TSA Centers and the NCCTS; 3) further culturally modify the TEMAS Narrative Therapy-Trauma (TNT-T); 4) develop an outreach component, which will include workshops to train parents, school and community agency personnel, and primary care providers; 5) train mental health staff and pediatric staff throughout the LFHC’s nine primary care centers and 15 school-based health centers; 6) identify, screen, and refer children and adolescents at high risk for traumatic stress; 7) train mental health staff at the Sunset Terrace Mental Health Center and Healthy Connections program; and 8) export training on the implementation of culturally competent, evidence-based TNT-T modalities.
 

Contact: 
Giuseppe Costantino
Phone: 
(718) 630-8919
Address: 

444 Community Drive Suite 301
Manhasset, NY 11030

Work: 
(516) 481-3716
Fax: 
(516) 481-3716
Description: 

Dr. Juliet M. Vogel is a former director of training for the Division of Trauma Psychiatry for the North Shore LIJ Health System in Manhasset, New York. Through the NCTSN category II site there, she was involved in the development of programs for children, families, and first responders affected by 9/11, and in the development of a program for military personnel and their families. Her NCTSN workgroup participation has included co-authoring NCTSN’s Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Guide. Dr. Vogel currently teaches the didactic seminar for the Division of Trauma Psychiatry at NSLIJ. She maintains a private practice and does consulting, with a particular interest in family resilience. She is involved in the NCTSN Family Systems, Military Families, and Terrorism and Disaster collaborative groups.

 

Address: 
266 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Work: 
(516) 467-6667
Fax: 
(516) 765-9146
Description: 

Ayme Turnbull was a psychologist in the Adolescent Trauma Treatment Development Center at North Shore University Hospital in New York, where she co-authored Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), participated in the coordination of NCTSN efforts focused on trauma issues in adolescence and was involved in collaborative work on trauma and substance abuse. She also coordinated the NCTSN's efforts to adapt and implement Psychological First Aid for post-disaster use by healthcare systems. She is now in private practice and conducting research on trauma and psychosis in adolescence.

Address: 

750 Columbus Avenue, Suite 5-D
New York, NY 10025

Work: 
(917) 716-6546
Description: 

Carrie Epstein is a faculty member at Yale and Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center. She is co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), the evidence-based early intervention/secondary prevention model for children who have recently been exposed to potentially traumatic events. Ms. Epstein is also currently in private practice, and provides training and consultation nationally on trauma-focused mental health treatments for children and families impacted by trauma. She is also the former senior director of the Safe Horizon Center for Child Innovation in New York City.

Robin F. Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC

Address: 

303 Fifth Ave. Suite 806
New York, NY 10016

Work: 
(212) 388-1599
Description: 

Robin Goodman is Executive Director of A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation in New York, New York, and consultant to St. John’s University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.
 

Address: 

20 Park Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170

Work: 
(518) 944-3703
Description: 

Joseph Benamati is author of START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma) and former center director of the Parsons Child and Family Center's NCTSN project in Albany, New York. Dr. Benamati is currently a faculty member at the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute in Yonkers, New York. He remains involved with the Network through his membership on the NCTSN Steering Committee (2008–2010), and through his trainings and speaking engagements around the United States.

Safe Horizon, Inc., Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016, 2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 
The Center for Child Traumatic Stress (CCTS) will adapt, disseminate, implement, and sustain culturally competent, trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment services for children at multiple points in the posttraumatic trajectory. A range of treatments will be provided at Safe Horizon's diverse child service settings throughout New York City including acute and early interventions, and longer-term treatments for more chronic PTSD. During the four years of this project, CCTS expects to serve approximately 28,200 youth.
Contact: 
Victoria Dexter
Phone: 
(347) 328-8031
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