University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, WPIC Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Treatment Center
The WPIC Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Treatment Center at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC provides services to children aged 0–7 who have experienced trauma. For over forty years, Matilda Theiss has served as the cornerstone of early childhood mental health services at WPIC and offers a variety of vital programs to promote the health and well-being of pediatric clients and their families. As the demand for early childhood mental health services has grown beyond expectations, these programs have expanded and extended throughout Allegheny County and beyond, providing approaches to early childhood mental health and trauma treatment that currently are only available from the Matilda Theiss Center programs. As part of the NCTSN, the ECMH Trauma Treatment Center has increased access for young children to the most effective, evidence-based treatments for early trauma, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy. Treatment is provided within schools or day treatment settings, standard outpatient clinics, or mobile therapy in family’s homes.