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.