Dr. Adams is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. His work focuses on improving the quality and accessibility of behavioral health services for youth and families, particularly among those who have experienced trauma and adversity.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Adelphi University, Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training and Treatment
The Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training serves as a training center and resource for the delivery of evidence-based trauma-informed treatment to children and adolescents across the United States, with an emphasis on youth in residential settings, the majority of whom have been affected by complex trauma. Building on groundwork from previous funding cycles, the Institute partners with local and national agencies and service systems to do the following: (1) intensively train multidisciplinary providers to deliver trauma-informed interventions to youth in residential settings across the United States; (2) develop and disseminate multi-media products (e.g., treatment protocols, fact sheets, workshops, webinars, youth-led videos) and specialized resources for youth, families, and providers in various types of residential settings; and (3) promote sustainability of trauma-informed practices through the development of policies, practices, and procedures that will embed trauma services within residential systems on an organizational level.
Training in several leading trauma-specific interventions used in residential settings is offered through ongoing Learning Communities. Training in client-level interventions includes Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Real Life Heroes (RLH). Systems-level training in Think Trauma, and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) helps establish a trauma-informed organizational culture and provides foundational support for bringing in the trauma-specific clinical interventions. Also, the Institute develops general and specialized resources for use in various types of residential settings, including intervention adaptations for settings with short-lengths of stay and for specific subpopulations such as unaccompanied refugee minors.
Alaska Child Trauma Center
The Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health provides comprehensive evidenced-based services to children and families impacted by trauma. It has served as an implementation center for ARC (Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency) Framework. The Alaska Child Trauma Center serves as a center of expertise in trauma treatment throughout Alaska with locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Treatment interventions include ARC treatment, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Child Parent Psychotherapy. The center specializes in early childhood intervention, transition age youth and serving military families.
Aliviane™'s Youth and Family Outpatient serves children, adolescents, adults, and families in need of substance use and/or mental health counseling. Counselors and therapists are trained to treat a variety of behavioral health concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and other mental health or behavioral concerns.
Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents
Allegheny General Hospital's Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents' Treatment and Service Adaptation Center has national expertise in Evidence-Based Treatments for Traumatic Stress Reactions. The developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) will address behavioral health disparities for children with traumatic stress reactions including: 1) African American children who experience racial trauma; 2) children with parental substance abuse; and 3) children with COVID-19-related childhood traumatic grief (CTG). African American youth experience high rates of racial trauma, traumatic stress reactions, and are over-represented in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We will conduct a learning community with Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers to adapt TF-CBT for racial trauma and develop related implementation products. Children with parental substance abuse (PSA) are at increased risk for child maltreatment and for developing traumatic stress reactions including traumatic separation and/or CTG. We will conduct a learning community with CTS Centers in order to adapt TF-CBT for youth with PSA and develop related implementation products. Thousands of children with COVID-19-related CTG have unique clinical manifestations that are under-recognized and under-treated. We will develop training products and train professionals in an integrated approach to recognize and respond to COVID-19-related CTG. We will increase TF-CBT and AF-CBT dissemination and sustainability by 1) training new TF-CBT supervisors and trainers, 2) developing a new online AF-CBT training course; and 3) providing TF-CBT or AF-CBT training, consultation or technical assistance.
Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, Center for Trauma Care in Schools
Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP) created the Center for Trauma Care in Schools (CTCS) in 2016 through Cat. III funding from SAMHSA/NCTSI. The Center continues to be a hub for training and school-based delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to treat traumatic stress in children in public schools in Massachusetts. AIP collaborates with Boston Public Schools (BPS), community mental health providers, graduate schools of social work and counseling, and the MA School Mental Health Consortium (MASMHC) to train clinicians and school-based interns to deliver evidence-based treatments (EBTs) to children with traumatic stress symptoms. Training provided by CTCS increases the number of school-based clinicians who can deliver EBPs for trauma, significantly increasing access to these needed services. CTCS also trains teachers and staff in trauma-informed practices, aligning closely with many district initiatives to address trauma and promote social-emotional wellness. In addition, CTCS provides evidence-informed group trauma treatment in Spanish for immigrant children and youth using STRONG (Supporting Transition Resilience Of Newcomer Groups). CTCS has 3 main goals: (1) To increase access to trauma services via school-based interventions; (2) To improve quality of services through provision of a continuum of evidence-based treatments; (3) To foster school environments that are more culturally responsive and trauma-informed.
American Institutes for Research
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) supports organizations across service systems in adopting a universal, trauma-informed approach. As a member of the NCTSN, AIR's National Center on Family Homelessness developed a first-of-its kind Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment for homeless service settings to support agencies serving trauma-exposed children and families in adopting a trauma-informed approach program and agency-wide. The Self-Assessment has since been adapted for community based agencies serving displaced children and families and for agencies serving women veterans experiencing homelessness. AIR continues to expand its work to support universal trauma-informed care through the creation of its Trauma-Informed Organizational Capacity (TIC) Scale, the first brief, validated instrument for measuring level of trauma-informed care across health and human service settings. AIR provides training and consultation to support the assessment and systemic implementation of a trauma-informed approach across child and youth-serving systems using its Trauma-Informed Systems Change Framework.
Another Choice, Another Chance, Community Child Trauma Treatment Center
Another Choice, Another Chance will provide outpatient Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to children and youth aged 3–18 from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who live at or below the poverty level, and who have been victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. The center will provide 12–20 sessions of individual, group, and/or family treatment services to 200 children/youth and their parents or other primary caregivers.
Arizona State University-REACH Institute
For more than 30 years, researchers from the REACH Institute have developed several evidence-based programs that focus on improving the lives of children and families. CRF will adapt, widely implement and disseminate four of the evidence-based parenting interventions, all of which have been rigorously tested and shown to be effective at strengthening resilience among traumatized families. These interventions are: Adaptive Parenting Tools (previously known as After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools)/ADAPT for first responders, refugee/immigrant families, and military families; Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families, New Beginnings for high-conflict divorce families, and Bridges for Latinx and African-American inner-city parents. Program developers Drs. Abigail Gewirtz, Nancy Gonzales, Armando Pina, Sharlene Wolchik, and Irwin Sandler, will work closely with communities across the nation to widely disseminate online, self-directed versions of these parenting EBPs. Over the next five years, these interventions aim to serve more than 35,000 people and specifically target isolated families in transition, such as: • refugee and immigrant families • those exposed to the death of a parent • community violence • parental wartime deployment • high-conflict divorce • first responder parents The REACH Institute is thrilled to house the longstanding work of the Center for Resilient Families and its dedication to addressing the public health impact of childhood trauma through a family context, providing education, and training for parents.