Learning Collaboratives: Detailed Information

As a training method and learning process, Learning Collaboratives (LCs) and Learning Communities (LComs) provide high-quality training in best practices of trauma-focused treatments in diverse settings. Since 2005, the Network has conducted more than a dozen LCs and Lcoms, working with Network members and their community partners. Listed below is detailed information about each of these trainings. Learn more about the Learning Collaborative methodology.

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Current and Upcoming Trainings


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is pleased to announce three upcoming training and implementation opportunities that will be disseminated via the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Learning Collaborative & Breakthrough Series Collaborative Methodology platform.

Information about these three, year-long Collaboratives, including a description of the intervention, information about how to apply, a time line, and contact information is found below. Please review this information and prepare a team from your agency to apply to one of these state-of-the-art learning opportunities!

Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A) in Juvenile Justice Settings Learning Collaborative

Description: The goal of this exciting project is to support the adaptation, adoption, and implementation of a youth trauma treatment, TGCT-A, within agencies that serve youth in juvenile justice and probation settings.  TGCT-A is a group-based manualized treatment program designed to reduce emotional and behavioral reactivity while improving pro-social skills and citizenship in adolescents exposed to multiple forms of trauma (e.g. community violence, family violence, child abuse), and loss (e.g. death of family or loved ones).  The TGCT-A Learning Collaborative will harness the collective power of organizational change support and clinical training to increase successful implementation of this promising treatment

Time Line:

• Learning Collaborative Informational Call: Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:00pm EST/ 1:00pm PST (Call in number: 888-296-6500; Guest Code: 265206#)

• Learning Collaborative Application Due Date: December 16, 2011

• Notification of Teams Accepted into the Learning Collaborative: Friday, January 6, 2012

• Learning Session 1: Wednesday – Thursday, February 29-March 1, 2012

• Learning Session 2: Tuesday - Wednesday, May 22-23, 2012

• Learning Session 3: Wednesday-Thursday, September 5-6, 2012

• Learning Collaborative End Date: September 30, 2012

A Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Enhancing Organizational Capacity to Utilize the Core Curriculum to Train on Principles of Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Planning

Description: The goal of this BSC is to foster the capacity within organizations to provide high quality training on the foundational principles of the Core Curriculum on Child and Adolescent Trauma and the application of its underlying framework and Core Concepts to trauma assessment and treatment planning. Initially, teams will be trained on key topics relevant to building capacity within their organizations to train on trauma-informed assessment and foundational principles of trauma-informed treatment planning. Teams will craft and test strategies to build sustainable mechanisms to develop capacity to achieve the collaborative goal. Agencies will share their implementation successes and lessons learned, with the goal of accelerating their capacity to train their staff and, ultimately, raise the standard of care for the children and families they serve. Participating teams will be exposed to three primary topics: 1) Trauma-Informed Assessment; 2) Problem-Based Learning Methods; and 3) Core Concepts of Child Trauma.

Time Line:

• Learning Collaborative Start Date: November 2011

• Learning Session 1: February 2012

• Learning Session 2: May 2012

• Learning Session 3: September 2012

• Learning Collaborative End Date: September 2012

Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) Learning Collaborative

Description: AF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment (EBT) designed to improve the relationships between children and parents/caregivers in families involved in physical coercion/force and chronic conflict/hostility. AF-CBT is designed to address concerns about child physical abuse and/or exposure to related circumstances, such as harsh physical discipline/punishment, as well as child/family aggression and family interactions characterized by hostile interactions and conflict. This intervention seeks to both reduce caregiver/family risk factors for physically abusive or coercive behavior and ameliorate the consequences of these experiences for children, at both the individual and family-context levels. The developers of AF-CBT will serve as faculty for this learning collaborative. An overview and details about the AF-CBT model is available at: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/afcbt_general.pdf

Time Line:

• Learning Collaborative Start Date: September 2011

• Learning Session 1: November 2011

• Learning Session 2: February 2012

• Learning Session 3: July 2012

• Learning Collaborative End Date: September 2012

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. Children and parents are provided knowledge and skills related to processing the trauma; managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhancing safety, parenting skills, and family communication. The 2010 LC features a track for supervisors.


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative
Based in attachment theory, Child-Parent Psychotherapy is a dyadic (parent and child) treatment for young children who have been exposed to interpersonal violence. The intervention focuses on safety, affect regulation, improving the child-caregiver relationship, normalization of trauma related response, and joint construction of a trauma narrative, with the goal of returning the child to a normal developmental trajectory.


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Past Learning Collaboratives (LCs)

1.  Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

(See description above.)

2008 CPP Learning Collaborative

  • Alicia Lieberman, PhD
  • Donna Potter, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Julie Larrieu, PhD
  • Patricia Van Horn, PhD, JD

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Alaska Child Trauma Center at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (AK)/Dee Foster, LPA
  • Aurora Mental Health Center (CO)/Kathie Snell, LPC
  • Baltimore Family Informed Trauma Treatment, University of Maryland (MD)/Kay Conners, LCSW-C
  • Children's Crisis Treatment Center (PA)/Anne Holland, PhD
  • Children's Institute International (CA)/Yivette Odell, PhD
  • Connections Program, Ferry County Counseling Services (WA)/ Kathie Rowe-Maloret
  • Denver-Kempe Trauma Collaboration (CO)/Kimberly Shipman, PhD
  • Family Peace Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital (NY)/Talia Hatzor, PhD
  • KC Metro Child Traumatic Stress Program, The Children's Place (MO)/Mario Marberry
  • Mental Health Center of Denver (CO)/Lydia Prado, PhD
  • La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center (IL)/Brad Stolbach, PhD

2006 - 2007 CPP Learning Collaborative

  • Mindy Kronenberg, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Patricia Van Horn, PhD, JD

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Center for Child and Family Health (NC)/ Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD
  • Children's Relief Nursery (OR)/Leslie Brown, LCSW
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (NY)/Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, LCSW, PhD
  • Safe Horizon (NY)/Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R
  • State of Maine/Eileen Fair, LCSW and Judy Miller, LCSW


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2.  Cognitive-behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

CBITS is a skills-based, group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to trauma. Children learn skills in relaxation, challenging upsetting thoughts, and social problem solving, and children work on processing traumatic memories and grief. These skills are learned through the use of drawings and through talking in both individual and group settings. Between sessions, children complete assignments and participate in activities that reinforce the skills they've learned. CBITS also includes parent and teacher education sessions.


2008 - 2009 CBITS Learning Collaborative

  • Kristin Dean, PhD
  • Sheryl Kataoka, MD
  • Audra Langley, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz.MEd

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Children's Institute, Inc. (CA)/Cynthia Thompson-Randle, PhD
  • Confluence Academy (MO)/Joyce Jefferson
  • International Institute of New Jersey (NJ))/Ruth Campbell, MSW
  • Mental Health Center of Denver (CO)/Lynn Garst, MEd
  • Project Fleur-de-lis™, Mercy Family Center (LA)/Douglas Walker, PhD

Individual Participants

  • Sonia Chehil, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Viktoria Vibhakar, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (CA)

2006 - 2007 CBITS Learning Collaborative

  • Sheryl Kataoka, MD
  • Audra Langley, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz.MEd

Participating Teams

  • Algiers Charter Schools Fleur-de-lis™ (LA)
  • Counseling Solutions (LA)
  • Catholic Charities Fleur-de-lis™ (LA)
  • LA Spirit (LA)
  • LA-Spirit-Harmony (LA)
  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • Mercy Family Center Fleur-de-lis™ (LA)
  • Seaton Resource Center Fleur-de-lis™ (LA)
  • St. Christopher School Fleur-de-lis™ (LA)
  • St. Helena (LA)


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3.  Life Skills, Life Story (LS/LS)

2005 - 2006 LS/LS Learning Collaborative

  • Janelle Brown, PhD
  • Debra Carr, PsyD
  • Marylene Cloitre, PhD
  • Gabrielle Kaminetzky, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd

Participating Teams

  • Bear Child Treatment Network (TX)
  • Bellevue Hospital (NY)
  • Boston Trauma Center (MA)
  • Innovation (NY)
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services - Center for Trauma Program New Mexico Alliance for Children with Traumatic Stress (NM)
  • Parsons Child and Family Center (NY)
  • Saint Vincent's WTC Healing Services (NY)
  • YWCA (NE)


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4.  Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)II

SPARCS is a group intervention that addresses the needs of chronically traumatized adolescents living with ongoing stress and experiencing problems in such areas as affect regulation, self-perception, dissociation, avoidance and meaning-making. The intervention is predominantly cognitive-behavioral. It draws upon Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education and Therapy (TARGET) and the UCLA Trauma/Grief Program.


Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Catholic Charities (MS)/Barbara Pigott
  • Chaddock (IL)/Angel Knoverek, MS
  • Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (MO)/Jerry Dunn, PhD
  • Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CA)/Arlene Schneir, MPH
  • International Institute of New Jersey (NJ)/Ruth Campbell, MSW
  • Kennedy Krieger Family Center (MD)/Elizabeth Thompson, PhD
  • Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (ND)/Heather Simonich
  • New York Foundling (NY)/Mary Boncher, PhD

2005 - 2006 SPARCS I Learning Collaborative

  • Ida Dancyger, PhD
  • Mandy Habib, PsyD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd

Participating Teams

  • Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program (WI)
  • Center for Child and Family Health (NC)
  • Children's Institute International (CA)
  • Safe Horizon (NY)
  • Saint Vincent's WTC Healing Services (NY)
  • New York Foundling (NY)
  • Open Arms (GA)


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5.  Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

See description above

2008 National TF-CBT Learning Collaborative

  • Judith Cohen, MD
  • Lori Ebert, PhD
  • Alison Hendricks, LCSW
  • Anthony Mannarino, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Leslie Anne Ross, PsyD
  • Kelly Wilson, LCSW

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Aliviane, Inc. (TX)/Lorena Gibson, MEd, LPC
  • Bethanna (PA)/Chris Nichols, MSW, LCSW
  • Center for the Study of Violence Against Children (CSVAC), Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Institute (CATTI), University of Kentucky (KY)/Ginny Sprang, PhD, CSVAC
  • Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (MO)/Jerry Dunn, PhD
  • Children's Home Society of Florida Western Division (FL)/Cynthia Blacklaw, MS
  • Community Counseling Center (ME)/Leslie Clark Brancato
  • Counseling4Kids (CA)/ Marianne Callahan
  • Hillside Children's Center (MD)/Heather Wester
  • Latino Health Institute/Marta Casas, MA
  • Silver Springs—Martin Luther School (MD)/Shelley Spear, LCSW

2007 Eastern TF-CBT Learning Collaborative

  • Judith Cohen, MD
  • Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Erika Ryan, PhD

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale Child Study Center (CT)/ Steven Berkowitz, MD
  • Clifford Beers Clinic (CT)/Alice Forrester, PhD, RDT/BCT
  • Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (NH)/ Stan Rosenberg, PhD
  • Delaware Guidance Services (DE)/Jonathan Baylin, PhD
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (NY)
  • Minnesota Child Response Center (MN)/Arlene Schatz, MSW, LICSW
  • Parsons Child and Family Center (NY)/Audry La Frenier
  • State of Delaware (DE)/Aileen Fink, PhD
  • Thrive & Tri County Mental Health Services (ME)/Catherine Ryder
  • Triumph, LLC (NC)/Erinn L. Foleck, LCSW
  • University of Maryland Baltimore Child Trauma Clinic (MD)/Laurel J. Kiser, PhD, MBA
  • Youth Health Service, Inc. (WV)/Margy Burns

2007 Western TF-CBT Learning Collaborative

  • Robyn Igelman, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Roy Van Tassell, LPC, MS

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Services Center of Southern Arizona (AZ)/Barbra Quade
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CA)/Sara Sherer
  • DePelchin Children's Center (TX)/Judy L. Gentry, LCSW, LMFT
  • Montana Center for Investigation and Treatment of Childhood Trauma (MT)/Rick van den Pol, PhD
  • Methodist Children's Home (TX)/Van Jones
  • Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (TX)/David Gibson
  • Willamette Family ITS-Girls Program (OR)/Lucy Zammarelli, MA, NCAC
  • SCAN Inc. (TX)/Susana Rivera

2006 - 2007 Mississippi TF-CBT Learning Collaborative

  • Christina Bach, MS
  • Esther Deblinger, PhD
  • Felicia Neubauer, MSW
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Jennifer Sigrest, MSW
  • Kelly Wilson, MSW

Participating Teams

  • Catholic Charities (MS)
  • Catholic Charities New Orleans (LA)
  • Domestic Abuse Family Shelter in Laurel (MS)
  • Guardian Shelter (MS)
  • Gulf Coast Mental Health (MS)
  • Gulf Coast Women's Center (MS)
  • Mercy Center New Orleans (LA)
  • Natchez Children's Home (MS)
  • Seton Resource Center for Child Development (LA)
  • Shaffer House (OH)
  • Southwest Mississippi Children's Advocacy Center (MS)
  • Sunshine Shelter (MS)

2006 - 2007 North Carolina TF-CBT Learning Collaborative

  • George Ake, PhD - Center for Child and Family Health (NC)
  • Lisa Amaya Jackson, MD, MPH - Center for Child and Family Health; National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NC)
  • Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD - Center for Child and Family Health (NC); National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NC)
  • Shannon Dorsey, PhD - Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (NC)
  • Dana Hagele, MD, MPH - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Social Medicine (NC)
  • Leila Keen, LCSW - Center for Child and Family Health (NC)
  • Robert Murphy, Ph - Center for Child and Family Health (NC); Duke University Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (NC)
  • Donna Potter, LCSW - Center for Child and Family Health (NC); Duke University Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (NC)

For this Learning Collaborative, participants were individual clinicians, not teams.

2005 - 2006 Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on TF-CBT

  • Collaborative Chairs
    • Benjamin Saunders, PhD
    • Charles Wilson, MSSW
  • Improvement Advisors
    • Jen Agosti, MPP. - JRA Consulting, Ltd. (MA)
    • Susan Badeau, Consultant - (PA)
    • Betsy Berent, Consultant - (PA)
    • Judith Cohen, MD - Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital (PA)
    • Michael de Arellano, PhD - National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina (SC)
    • Esther Deblinger, PhD - New Jersey CARES Institute (NJ)
    • Anthony Mannarino, PhD - Drexel University College of Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital (PA)
    • Lorrie Lutz - L3 P Associates (NH)
    • Elizabeth Thompson, PhD - Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center (MD)
    • Kelly Wilson, LCSW - Catholic Charities (MS)

Participating Teams/Senior Leaders

  • Aurora Mental Health Center (CO)/Dennis Radigan, LCSW
  • Catholic Charities (MS)
  • Center for Child & Family Health (NC)
  • Chadwick Center for Children & Families Trauma Counseling Program (CA)/Barbara Ryan, LCSW, ACSW, BCD
  • Childhood Trauma Intervention Center (TN)/Donna Humbert, LCSW
  • Children's Institute, Los Angeles (CA)/Leslie Ann Ross, PsyD
  • Healing the Hurt, Directions for Mental Health (FL)/Ann Kelley, Ph.D
  • Kennedy Krieger Family Center Trauma Intervention Program (MD)/Elizabeth Thompson, PhD
  • Mental Health Center of Dane County, Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program (WI)/Jim Van Den Brandt
  • Oklahoma Child Traumatic Stress Treatment Collaborative (OK)/Jessica Gledhill, MSW
  • Open Arms (GA)/Rita Ellis, LLB
  • Safe Horizon (NY)/Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R


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6.  Trauma Systems Therapy (TST)

Trauma Systems Therapy is an intervention for traumatized children that addresses the child's needs within the context of the systems the child is embedded in. Trauma Systems Therapy acts as a framework for organizing a series of empirically validated interventions to address the real-world needs of children facing considerable adversity. It is designed to help children and families where there is ongoing stress in the social environment.


2005 - 2006 TST Learning Collaborative

  • Robert Casey, MD
  • Heidi Ellis, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd
  • Glenn Saxe, MD

Participating Teams

  • Adolescent Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse (MA)
  • Catholic Charities (MS)
  • Center for Child and Family Health (NC)
  • Children's Crisis Treatment Center (PA)
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services - Center for Trauma Program Innovation (NY)
  • Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center (NY)
  • Ulster County Department of Social Services (NY) 


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Past Learning Communities

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT)

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) is a comprehensive, assessment-driven, components-based model integrating cognitive-behavioral and relational approaches in the treatment of complex trauma in children and adolescents. Teams participating in the ITCT Learning Community learned this intervention through face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and use of Web-based communication tools.


2008 ITCT Learning Community

  • Karianne Chen, MS
  • Cheryl Lanktree, PhD
  • Jan Markiewicz, MEd

Participating Teams

  • Beech Brook (OH)
  • Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (IL)
  • Child and Family Guidance Center/Family Stress Center (CA)
  • Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (MO)
  • Children's Community Support Collaborative/Home for Little Wanderers (MA)
  • Children's Institute International (CA)
  • Community Services of Stark County (OH)
  • Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth/Children's Hospital (CA)
  • Counseling4Kids (CA)
  • The Cullen Center, Toledo Children's Hospital (OH)
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services (AZ)
  • Joy'Us Beginnings Child and Family Wellness Center/Bagley Youth Development, LLC.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)/ School Mental Health Services (CA)
  • Marillac (KS)
  • Monarch Children's Justice and Advocacy Center (WA)
  • Primary Children's Medical Center (UT)
  • Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center (KY)
  • Safe Horizon Counseling Center (NY)
  • Sheffield Place (MO)
  • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (AK)

Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA is designed to foster short-term and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. In the Learning Community, participants learn state-of-the-art ways of effectively implementing PFA through exercises and ongoing dialogue.


2009 PFA Learning Community

  • Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD
  • Robert Macy, PhD
  • Gilbert Reyes, PhD

Participating Teams

  • Baylor College of Medicine (TX)
  • Catholic Charities (MS)
  • Chaddock Trauma Initiative (IL)
  • Chadwick Center for Children and Families (CA)
  • Children's Bureau of New Orleans (LA)
  • Colorado Department of Human Services (CO)
  • DePelchin Children's Services (TX)
  • Gulf Coast Mental Health Center (MS)
  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services (TX)
  • LSU Health Sciences Center (LA)
  • North Shore/ Long Island Jewish Health System (NY)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Riverside Trauma Center (MA)

Individual Participants

  • Miriam Hernandez Dimmler, San Francisco General Hospital/ University of California (CA)
  • James Ellor, Baylor University of Social Work (TX)
  • Richard Mark Kimberley, CyFair Volunteer Fire Department (TX)
  • JoAnn Linnenkugel, CyFair Volunteer Fire Department (TX)
  • Susan Littrell, Hennepin County Mental Health Center (MN)
  • Tien-Wei Ma, Tzu Chi Foundation USA, Southern Region (TX)
  • Elana Newman, PhD, University of Tulsa (OK)


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