Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Cullen Center of Toledo Children’s Hospital

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 

The Cullen Center for Children, Adolescents, and Families provides field-tested and evidence-based, multisensory, trauma-focused therapies to help traumatized youth and their families reduce trauma symptoms, maximize their daily functioning, and restore their abilities to develop and enjoy healthy interpersonal relationships. Serving northwest Ohio, the center offers clinic-based services for youth and families exposed to any type of trauma including community violence, child abuse, traumatic loss, serious illness and injuries, and witnessing domestic violence. Through an outreach program, the center serves youth in the juvenile justice system who have been exposed to trauma and charged with domestic violence. An additional outreach program, funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides assessment and trauma-focused treatment to families with infants and young children who are exposed to domestic violence. Through its educational, advocacy, and abuse-prevention work, the center helps develop the community's capacity to respond to the needs of children and families exposed to trauma.

Consumers, families, and survivors work in partnership with the center—offering their input at all phases of planning, program development, service provision, evaluation, and community advocacy. Training, support, and other resources are shared with clinical professionals nationwide, so that youth and families exposed to trauma can access evidence-based, trauma-focused services locally, across Ohio, and in other regions of the United States.

Contact: 
Adrienne Fricker-Elhai
Phone: 
(419) 291-7919

Parsons Child and Family Center, Heroes Project

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2002 - 2005]
Description: 
Parsons Child and Family Center’s (PCFC) HEROES Project (Healing with Emotional Resilience, Opportunities, and Enduring Supports) will engage New York state, county, and community based practitioners to develop and implement integrated services with trauma-informed and resiliency-focused strategies that are matched to the resources, risks, and cultural heritage of children and families referred to residential treatment, foster family, and home-based child welfare as well as affiliated mental health programs. The HEROES Project will fill critical gaps that often lead to fragmented and ineffective services including: (1) lack of a shared understanding of traumatic stress, including how to best respond and build protective factors; (2) lack of professional capacity to provide trauma informed services for children and families, especially for those in child welfare programs whose needs are complex and often do not meet the specific criteria for time-limited and trauma-focused interventions; and (3) lack of a service system structure that will train, implement, and sustain evidence-based interventions. The primary goal of this resiliency-focused initiative will be to foster enduring emotionally supportive relationships which protect children from abuse and neglect and help children resume healthy growth and skill development. The second priority will be to increase and maintain the number of child welfare practitioners in the region utilizing trauma-informed and resiliency-focused interventions. The HEROES Project will foster skills and procedures that mitigate against the consequences of vicarious trauma related to working with children and family members who suffer from traumatic life experiences. To accomplish these goals, the HEROES Project will: (1) engage, educate, and influence regional and state-wide child welfare service systems in trauma-informed and evidence supported strategies for building resiliency in children, families, and providers, (2) engage, educate, and influence children, parents, resource parents, case managers, practitioners, and family courts about the impact of traumatic stress as well as the importance of building protective factors for children; (3) train and support practitioners and supervisors in the individualized application of evidence-supported strategies with families, (4) evaluate implementation, fidelity, and outcomes, and (5) assist youths, parents, practitioners, program supervisors, local leaders and other stakeholders to partner in the mission of adapting and thereby sustaining the use of trauma-informed and resiliency-focused services. Objectives include systems incorporation of the HEROES trauma-informed and resiliency-focused framework into assessments, service planning, child protective services, home-based family counseling, foster family care, residential treatment, an increase in self-regulation, cognitive, and social skills, and reduction of traumatic stress symptoms.
Contact: 
Richard Kagan
Phone: 
(518) 426-2600
Funding Period: 
[2005-2009]
Description: 

Community PARTNERS (Prevention of Adverse Reactions to Negative Events and Related Stress) at St. John's University developed and sustains a community-wide network of providers implementing trauma-informed, evidence-based services. Primary care personnel provide these services to underserved, inner-city traumatized children throughout Queens and eastern Brooklyn, New York. Each year, more than 29,000 children are screened and more than 1,500 abused and/or bereaved children receive assessment and treatment services. The majority of these children are Latino, African American, Caribbean American, or Asian.

Community PARTNERS worked with members of the local community and NCTSN to 1) adapt screening, assessment, and treatment procedures and components to be culturally informed and language accessible; 2) train pediatrics staff and community providers to screen and refer children for child sexual abuse (CSA), child physical abuse (CPA), and traumatic bereavement (TB); 3) train mental health staff to provide evidence-based, culturally informed assessments and treatment of children exposed to CSA, CPA, and TB; 4) identify leadership staff of the mental health clinics who then inform, promote, and sustain the program; and 5) extend the training on and implementation of trauma-informed, evidence-based services beyond Community PARTNERS into the Queens and eastern Brooklyn communities.

In 2007, the program expanded to include a second site at the Child Abuse Program at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. The CHKD site is implementing the project with military families. This collaboration allows the NCTSN to gain information on working with traumatized children from military families, and provides the opportunity for creating collaborations among trauma providers and military service providers (e.g., Family Advocacy Program, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Naval Criminal Investigative Services). Finally, given the mobile nature of military family life, the collaboration will help provide additional information on methods of adapting the evidence-based services to improve access among military children (e.g., cross-site trainings or improved continuity of care among service providers at different commands).

Contact: 
Elissa J. Brown
Phone: 
(718) 990-2355

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009 and 2002 - 2005]
Description: 

The Center for Trauma Program Innovation at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) develops, improves, and disseminates trauma-focused assessment and treatment services for traumatized children and adults, with special emphasis on those from low-income and racially diverse neighborhoods who have been exposed to interpersonal and community violence, and present with both acute and chronic traumatic stress consequences.

The center builds the evidence base for promising treatments for trauma in collaboration with other NCTSN member sites, as well as with JBFCS programs. It works to build the capacity of organizations to provide best practices in assessing and treating trauma, and to field-test trauma services. Working with the New York City mental health, child welfare, and educational systems, the center enhances the ability of professionals within these systems to provide trauma-informed services to the city's children; and reaches out to businesses and community organizations to provide guidance on workplace psychological preparedness, active coping, and crisis intervention.

Contact: 
Paula Panzer
Phone: 
(212) 632-4519
Funding Period: 
[2002-2005]
Description: 
Originally founded as an orphanage, the Andrus Children's Center is a treatment, education, and research facility that serves families and children through campus-based programs, community-based initiatives, and mental health programs. The use of the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed residential care is a key feature of Andrus's work. Andrus joined the NCTSN as a member of the Children's Trauma Consoritum of Westchester, a collaborative with the Center for Preventive Psychiatry, Fordham University's Children's First, and the Westchester Medical Center's Behavioral Health Center.
Contact: 
Brian Farragher
Phone: 
(914) 965-3700 x1242

North Shore University Hospital

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 
North Shore University Hospital's Adolescent Trauma Treatment Development Center (ATTDC) helps alleviate the impact of traumatic stress on adolescents. The center develops, adapts, and disseminates Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), its primary group intervention method for adolescents. ATTDC also created an Adolescent Traumatic Stress Resource Center for professionals, teens, and families, which includes the development of web-based resources for these audiences. An additional priority for ATTDC is collaborating with Network members to create a treatment model based on Psychological First Aid for the state health system to better respond to the mental health needs of children and families after disasters or terrorist attacks.
Contact: 
Jennifer Newman
Phone: 
(516) 562-3233

CARES Institute at Rowan University

Funding Period: 
[2003-2007]
Description: 
The CARES Institute at Rowan University is a nationally recognized facility for its leadership in the development of evidence-based services for children who have suffered child abuse. Through this initiative, the institute disseminates Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), enhances public and professional efforts toward early identification and protection of potential abuse victims, and improves children's access to evidence-based and developmentally and culturally sensitive treatment services. Through collaboration with local constituencies and NCTSN members, the institute helps increase awareness of, identify obstacles to, and improve access to effective mental health services for children who have suffered abuse or other violent crime. The CARES Institute has also developed and tested an intervention for physical abuse. In addition, the institute provides ongoing training and consultation on TF-CBT and physical abuse to mental health staff at New Jersey's three other Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Centers and to centers associated with the NCTSN.
Contact: 
Esther Deblinger
Phone: 
(856) 566-7036

Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, New Hampshire Bridge Project

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2005 - 2009]
Description: 
As a Community Treatment and Services Center since 2005, the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (DTIRC) has trained mental health center clinicians in evidence-based practices for traumatized adolescents and has disseminated these practices to each of the ten lead community mental health centers in New Hampshire. Refunding will enable DTIRC to establish the New Hampshire Bridge Project, which will integrate trauma treatment services across several state systems that serve New Hampshire youth and families who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. The Bridge Project targets three care systems of key importance in the lives of abused and at-risk children: child protective services (New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families), juvenile justice (New Hampshire Division for Juvenile Justice Services), and the judicial branch (New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division). DTIRC will provide statewide training for approximately three hundred key personnel in principles of trauma-informed services. And to increase statewide capacity to treat traumatized children, DTIRC will train forty-two providers in evidence-based practices congruent with state division goals, staffing, and population characteristics. Division personnel, including nonclinicians, will also become conversant with evidence-based trauma treatment options. Initial steps will involve needs assessments, education, and evaluation of progress toward enhancing trauma-sensitive services. DTIRC staff will prioritize service coordination and follow case disposition and treatment progress, as these children often move back and forth multiple times among divisions, residential placements, and treatment providers. Emphasis will be on collaboration among service providers, divisions, families, and communities as well as on strength-based, resiliency-oriented interventions.
Contact: 
Kay Jankowski
Phone: 
(603) 653-0738

Catholic Charities, Inc., Trauma Recovery for Youth (TRY)

Funding Period: 
[2007 - 2011 and 2003 - 2007]
Description: 

Trauma Recovery for Youth (TRY) was established by Catholic Charities and a constellation of Mississippi state government and nonprofit organizations to serve a wide range of primarily rural and geographically isolated child trauma survivors. Based on the lessons learned through participation in a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative in its first funding period, TRY implemented a Gulf Coast TF-CBT Learning Collaborative to build capacity in agencies to treat children and families affected by trauma after the region's devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the current funding period, TRY is developing a statewide trauma-informed system of care to meet the needs of children and families throughout Mississippi. Evidence-based practices are disseminated to public mental health clinicians via the Learning Collaborative model, with an emphasis on systems serving those least likely to have access to quality mental health care. TRY is collaborating with NCTSN experts to provide at least four TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives, three Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) Learning Collaboratives, and three Learning Collaboratives on the treatment of physically abused children. TRY is also working on providing an assessment protocol, training, and consultation to at least 200 clinicians in Mississippi, and on establishing a training unit within Catholic Charities to ensure that further dissemination of these interventions is a part of Mississippi's continuum of care.

Contact: 
Christina Bach
Phone: 
(601) 326-3711

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center, Trauma Informed Disaster and Evidence-Based Services (TIDES)

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 

Trauma Informed Disaster and Evidence-Based Services (TIDES) will develop proficiency in evidence-based trauma practices and will treat Katrina survivors by centrally organizing staff to be prepared for inevitable hurricanes. The target population is children of military personnel living on the two military bases on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The project will address other therapy needs specific to this population including incorporating Child Parent Conjoint-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT) and Trauma Assessment Pathways (TAP) for assessing and addressing already traumatized populations, and Psychological First Aid (PFA) for preparing for future disasters within their site. Clinicians will educate the community on trauma and formally centralize crisis response for future events. TIDES staff will continue training to become trauma-based experts, and will sustain gains made in TF-CBT by continuing to provide therapy to a traumatized region while working with TF-CBT co-developer Esther Deblinger to modify the therapy to include trauma specific to military families. Four TIDES therapists currently trained in TF-CBT will be developed as experts for the region.

Contact: 
Shelley S. Foreman
Phone: 
(228) 865-1734
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