[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2010 - 2013]
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services, and Interventions (CCTASI) at Northwestern University will assist child-serving systems in understanding, assessing, and responding to the developmental effects of child trauma. Our target populations include direct service providers, caregivers, and youth in child welfare, behavioral health, education, and juvenile justice settings. We will use a culturally sensitive lens and emphasize work with specific subpopulations or sectors where gaps in trauma-informed practices exist, such as early education, child welfare residential, juvenile probation, and transition age youth (TAY) programs. Our work will be carried out through developing and adapting resources and products; offering training and implementation support for providers, caregivers, and youth; and evaluating various types of trauma-focused interventions and products. Key activities include: 1) training and consulting on trauma-informed screening/assessment strategies (including the CANS-Trauma) across a range of settings; 2) developing and adapting trauma assessment resources for specific subpopulations (e.g., early childhood) and to support the meaningful use of trauma-informed assessment for family engagement, psychoeducation, and treatment/service planning; 3) training and implementation of NCTSN interventions/ service approaches for non-clinical, front line providers across settings, including the Think Trauma Toolkit and Resource Parent Curriculum; 4) adapting resources and interventions for different cultural groups to address health disparities, and; 5) raising public awareness on the developmental effects of trauma through development and widespread dissemination of child trauma resources, all to support building sustainable trauma-informed systems.