The Texas Children Recovering from Trauma initiative will transform children’s mental health services in Texas into a trauma-informed care system that fosters resilience and recovery. The target populations are children and adolescents aged 3–17 who are from military families and/or who have experienced or witnessed trauma. The initiative will work to transform Texas’s mental health services, beginning with two local Mental Health Authorities (community mental health centers) in central Texas as pilot sites. The project will serve 1,360 unduplicated children and adolescents during the grant period, at least 10 percent of whom (136) will be from military families. To reach this goal, the initiative will train the Texas mental health workforce, enhancing policies and practices, and increasing the number of mental health professionals trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Trauma-Informed Care for Youth (TICY) and Families Residing in Lake County will use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat and serve children and adolescents, aged 2–18, and their families who have witnessed or experienced traumatic events. TICY will develop expertise in trauma care and become a leader in enhancing trauma-informed care in the community by providing training on the symptoms, impact, and treatment of trauma. The project will serve 1,000 clients in direct clinical services. Priority will be given to military families.
The Transforming Trauma Project (TTP) of the Family and Children's Services, Inc. (FACS), provides evidenced-based trauma treatment and screening to children, youth, and families who have experienced traumatic events. Over 80 clinicians, throughout the State of New Jersey, have been trained through the program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in collaboration with the CARES Institute. The TTP provides community education to various child serving agencies and community organizations on the signs and symptoms of trauma and on how to prevent secondary traumatic stress. The New Jersey Trauma Network Team (NJ TNT), comprised of stakeholders and community members, meets quarterly to disseminate information in an effort to become a trauma-informed community. TTP focuses on reaching out to military families, and FACS is committed to providing efficient and effective services to our Service Members and their families.
The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth will integrate education, assessment, and treatment of trauma in children into the mental health, substance abuse, schools, and juvenile justice systems in Lake County. An evidence-based approach—Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC)—will be used to treat traumatic stress symptoms in children aged 4–18. Approximately 200 youth with traumatic stress symptoms (20 percent from military families) will be treated during the course of the grant. The program will also serve an estimated 240 caregivers including 120–160 service members or military spouses. Training around implementation of trauma-informed care will be provided to 1,200 professionals during the course of the grant.
The Integrated Trauma Care project will provide evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services to children aged 0–5 and their caregivers who have experienced or are at high risk for abuse and/or neglect. Populations served may include families living at or below the poverty level, caregivers who themselves were abused and/or neglected, caregivers with high levels of stress, caregivers with drug/alcohol abuse histories, caregivers with anger management issues, and families with histories of domestic violence. During the grant period, the project will serve 600 unduplicated children and their caregivers including 32 children of military families; and will train 84 clinicians in a year-long intensive Learning Collaborative.
The Tennessee Network of Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Systems (TN-TIES) project will increase access and improve services to youth in foster care who have experienced trauma. Evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions will be disseminated into multiple systems commonly responsible for the care of youth in state custody including resource parents, child welfare staff, and mental health providers. Training will be provided to: 1) 225 resource parents using the curriculum Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents; 2) at least 60 child welfare workers using the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit; and 3) 50 mental health clinicians using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by certified TF-CBT trainers.
The Collaborative Trauma Center will expand treatment options in the Village for Families & Children, Inc.’s multisite outpatient behavioral health clinic, and will enhance trauma-informed practices across the system of care for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. The center will build and sustain capacity to provide Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to 445 Hartford children (including those in military families) affected by abuse and neglect, domestic and community violence, out-of-home placement, and toxic stress. Treatment activities will focus on children aged 0–5. Additionally, the center will provide training for professionals from child-serving systems in the Hartford area; and will work to expand the capacity of partnering clinical organizations to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed care.
Military Families Achieving Recovery (MFAR) will serve military children, youth, and families in the South Bay/Harbor region of Los Angeles County who face challenges such as deployment stressors, combat-related mental health problems, and poor access to services and consistent support. The project will develop and sustain a comprehensive suite of trauma-informed, community-based services that includes: 1) Outreach, Engagement, and Education; 2) Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS); and 3) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). During the grant period, MFAR will treat an expected 360 military children, youth, and families for trauma-exposure; and will provide 1,300 military families and community professionals with outreach and engagement to educate them on trauma and its sequelae.
Akron Children’s Hospital strives to raise awareness of the affect of traumatic stress and adversity on traumatized children and their families. This initiative will train medical health providers and staff on the physical and psychological consequences of experiencing adverse events and the importance of early identification. We will provide trainings to area school, juvenile justice, and child protective services staffs and to mental health providers in trauma-informed care. These trainings will help prepare our community to assess and treat traumatized children with evidence-based practices. We will also train those who work with traumatized children and families on ways to improve their resiliency through education on secondary traumatic stress.
The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a partnership between the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children (CSHC) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. The objectives of the project are to do the following: (1) provide trauma-informed services—including TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)—to children and adolescents in metropolitan Atlanta; (2) offer webinars on mental health topics to child service agencies in the Atlanta community; (3) provide training in TF-CBT and mentoring in the application of evidence-based practices to multiple small groups of mental health providers who serve child victims of abuse/neglect in rural and underserved areas of north Georgia; and (4) develop and pilot a TF-CBT telemental health service to provide therapy to traumatized children and their families in rural and underserved areas of Georgia.