The Integrated Trauma Care project will provide evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services to children aged 0–5 and their caregivers who have experienced or are at high risk for abuse and/or neglect. Populations served may include families living at or below the poverty level, caregivers who themselves were abused and/or neglected, caregivers with high levels of stress, caregivers with drug/alcohol abuse histories, caregivers with anger management issues, and families with histories of domestic violence. During the grant period, the project will serve 600 unduplicated children and their caregivers including 32 children of military families; and will train 84 clinicians in a year-long intensive Learning Collaborative.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Lifeworks Northwest, Integrated Trauma Care
Lifeworks, TX: Youth and Family Alliance
Youth and Family Alliance (LifeWorks) believes that everyone – regardless of circumstance - has the right to safe housing, the right to dignified work, and the right to heal from trauma. We support this commitment by providing a continuum of shelter and housing for transition-age youth; counseling and psychiatric services; and education and workforce opportunities to the greater Austin area. Our newly funded Trauma-Informed Community-Based Counseling Program serves transition-age youth, ages 16-21, who have experienced traumatic life events, frequently exacerbated by involvement in the foster care or criminal justice systems, homelessness, growing up in extreme poverty, or coming from a military family. Peer Support Specialists provide outreach and ongoing peer support as well as linkage to Community-Based Counselors. Using the Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A), Counselors serve eligible youth referred through community outreach or through our partner organizations, Austin Child Guidance Center, Texas Network of Youth Services, Austin Opportunity for Youth, and Project Engage of County Court #6. LifeWorks mission is fearless advocacy on behalf of youth and families who are finding their pathway to self-sufficiency.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
This center to improve the well-being of youth with Developmental Disabilities (DD) impacted by trauma at LIJ Medical Center of Northwell Health increases DD caregivers' sensitivity to trauma-related needs and increases the availability of clinicians who can provide treatment for this doubly vulnerable population. Strategies include cross-training for developmental disabilities and trauma and development and dissemination of DD-appropriate trauma-related assessment tools and treatment adaptations. The project facilitates dissemination of the recently developed NCTSN toolkit, Road to Recovery, to increase awareness of the effects of trauma on youth with DD and develop additional materials based on the needs assessment. Initial target audiences are agencies specializing in services for children with developmental disabilities and community-based clinical providers; subsequently, this will be expanded to other providers in special education, child welfare, and medical settings; and finally, military/veteran families coping with both service-related issues and developmental disabilities will be included. The center will collaborate with identified partners working to adapt assessment and intervention tools for youth with DD within NCTSN and seek additional partners to create a collaborative group focusing on this population. By the end of the project, the center will have developed a guide to assist in matching type of disability with best available practices and develop a methodology for communities to assess their unique combination of needs and resources to enhance services for the DD youth, their families, and their providers.
Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSU)
The Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSU) is a Category II site called the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience program which works with partners across the nation to develop evidence-based materials and train on interventions to support the behavioral health, well-being, and resilience of children, their families, and communities in the face of terrorism and disaster. The program supports stakeholders and coalition members in their efforts to implement and sustain evidenced-based practices by aiding in making the necessary adaptations to fit the unique needs of each region impacted by terrorism and disaster to consider particular vulnerabilities identified following specific traumatic events.
LUK Crisis Center, Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center
LUK Inc.'s Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC), in collaboration with system partners, strengthens access to and availability of effective trauma-informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment for children/youth aged 0–18 with an emphasis on military families. CMCTC will serve 400 children/youth and families who have experienced traumatic events and implement Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). CMCTC will offer trauma-informed trainings for community partners with the goal of reaching 1000 professionals. CMCTC will provide leadership within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Child Welfare committee with an emphasis on the implementation and dissemination of Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents (RPC). CMCTC provides continuous quality monitoring of interventions and training effectiveness.
Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center
The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center will be created by Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education in southwest Brooklyn, to further develop and validate trauma-informed treatments and services that will serve culturally diverse children and youth, and their families. The goals are to: 1) form a community coalition focused on building capacity to address child and family trauma, particularly within the context of larger child-serving systems including day care, preschools, schools, youth services, and child welfare; 2) build up community and stakeholder consensus and work collaboratively with TSA Centers and the NCCTS; 3) further culturally modify the TEMAS Narrative Therapy-Trauma (TNT-T); 4) develop an outreach component, which will include workshops to train parents, school and community agency personnel, and primary care providers; 5) train mental health staff and pediatric staff throughout the LFHC’s nine primary care centers and 15 school-based health centers; 6) identify, screen, and refer children and adolescents at high risk for traumatic stress; 7) train mental health staff at the Sunset Terrace Mental Health Center and Healthy Connections program; and 8) export training on the implementation of culturally competent, evidence-based TNT-T modalities.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare, The Maine Children's Trauma Response Initiative (The Children's Initiative)
The Maine Children's Trauma Response Initiative is focused on creating a statewide trauma-informed system of care for children and youth exposed to violence. The Initiative aims to achieve this goal through a three-tiered approach that includes (1) trauma-informed training for service providers around the state; (2) building community-based coalitions focused on regional needs of children exposed to trauma; and (3) the implementation and widespread dissemination of TF-CBT. Specifically, The Children’s Initiative hosted annual TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives that brought together clinicians from every region of the State representing diverse organizations and private counseling practices to ensure that wherever children present for trauma services, they will have access to TF-CBT. Community-based training for non-clinical providers is also a major focus of this project and involves a combination of project-developed curricula and the formal implementation of NCTSN curricula.
Mallah, Karen, PhD
Karen Mallah served as project director for the Mental Health Center of Denver's Family Trauma Treatment Program, an NCTSN grantee. Dr. Mallah now works as a behavioral health consultant on the Mercer Government Human Services Consulting team. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on expanding evidence-based and culturally competent trauma treatment for diverse youth and families.