The Trauma Center of Excellence for Children and Families in Colorado aims to reduce health disparities in under-served children and families whose past traumatic experiences place them at risk for the development of trauma-related problems, by creating a nexus of culturally-responsive evidence-based treatments. We serve youth and their families as well as adults who have been impacted by traumatic events (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims of crime, sexual assault, combat violence). Our target population includes three under-served groups in our community: (1) Hispanic youth and their families, (2) youth involved in the child welfare system and their caregivers, and (3) military youth and their families. The Center represents a strong community-academic partnership between Mental Health Partners (MHP), the community-based behavioral health treatment center in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). The Center will develop and implement a trauma screening and referral system, as well as a comprehensive assessment protocol. CSPV will provide training, implementation support, and fidelity monitoring for the following evidence-based practices to MHP clinicians and local community-based referral sources: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), TF-CBT-Child Traumatic Grief (CTG), Culturally Modified-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CM-TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Mental Health Partners
Mercy Family Center
Mercy Family Center: Project Fleur-de-lis (PFDL) is a mental health service provider in New Orleans that provides school-based trauma-focused intervention services, military family interventions, school-based suicide risk assessment support, and restorative justice approaches training and implementation support. All schools in the Greater New Orleans area are provided the opportunity to participate in PFDL's comprehensive programming. PFDL partners with an average of 65 schools each school year. PFDL provides the following interventions to youth in schools: (1) Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), (2) Bounce Back, and (3) Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). PFDL serves youth who have experienced the following traumatic events: community and domestic violence, death of a loved one, Hurricane Katrina exposure, and family separation. Most of the youth participating in PFDL's trauma-focused intervention services are urban, low-income, African American, English-speaking students ages 4-18. PFDL has partnered with the Louisiana National Guard (LANG) Office of Family Programs to reach military members and their families and to provide a variety of individual and family resiliency workshops throughout the state. PFDL is expanding their work in schools and communities through two new programs: (1) a comprehensive suicide awareness and responsiveness program for youth, caregivers, and school personnel and (2) the implementation of restorative practices in school and community systems.
The primary mission of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry's Trauma and Grief program is to raise the standard of care and increase access to best-practice care for traumatized and/or grieving children and families (see http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/patient-care/trauma-and-grief-center/). We are affiliates with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Trauma and Grief Clinic
The Trauma and Grief Clinic provides trauma informed assessment, intervention, consultation and community outreach to children, adolescents (between the ages of 7-17 years) and families who anticipate or have significant histories of traumatic- and/or grief-exposed circumstances, broadly defined, to promote understanding of responses and healing. To service this population with a best practices approach that is individually tailored keeping in mind developmental, cultural, and other diversity considerations.
Infant and Early Childhood Clinic
The Infant and Early Childhood Clinic (see also http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/patient-care/infant-and-early-childhood-clinic/) provides assessment and intervention services to infants, toddlers, young children (birth-6) and their families. We aim to promote the healing and resilience of young children and their families who have experienced trauma and/or loss through use of individually-tailored best-practices that include trauma- and developmentally-informed assessment, consultation, and intervention services. In addition, our clinic provides community consultation, advanced training to professionals, and engages in research focused on better understanding and meeting the needs of young children and their families. The Infant and Early Childhood program also includes multifamily group services for families impacted by toxic stress, adversity, and trauma; these include military families with young children (Strong Military Families; Rosenblum & Muzik, 2014; see also http://m-span.org/programs-for-military-families/strong-families/) as well as mothers with trauma histories parenting young children (Mom Power; Muzik, Rosenblum et al., 2015).
Dr. Miller provides training and consultation on the CE-CERT model for secondary traumatic stress intervention; the Shielding model of trauma informed supervision; and Trauma 2.0: What to do now that we have the foundation.
As Interim Chief Program Officer at Allies for Every Child in Los Angeles and an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, I have the opportunity to integrate the learning from Network participation since 2003 in all of our child and community serving programs. I use my professional and life experience to improve systems and create sustainable change for children, their families and their communities. As a clinician by training and a social worker by trade I have work with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and abuse to strengthen and heal relationships. As a trainer and facilitator I offer trans-disciplinary trainings and consultations to support service providers working in multiple systems, particularly Mental Health and Child Welfare. And as a performer at heart, I bring creativity and passion to every relationship.
Mooney, Megan, PhD
Dr. Megan A. Mooney is a licensed psychologist who has focused on serving children and families as part of NCTSN for over 15 years. Megan is trained in a number of evidence-based interventions for children and families who have experienced trauma including SFCR, ARC, TF-CBT, ITCT-A, and PFA. Megan has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences and is an active member of the LGBTQ Subcommittee of the NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc., Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
The Hope Initiative will target children and adolescents aged 0–17, along with their parents/caregivers, who have experienced neglect, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Priority will be given to children and adolescents of military families. Three evidence-based practices will be utilized: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Special Populations (A-DBT-SP), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). MCCC will conduct comprehensive outreach that is culturally appropriate and gender-appropriate to increase access to trauma-informed care as well as to improve outpatient trauma-focused treatment and services through implementation of the three interventions. Working in conjunction with regional partners, MCCC will also provide leadership in training and education to help providers in rural Kentucky better address the impact of trauma on children, adolescents, and their families. Finally, staff will be trained on the unique needs surrounding sexual and gender identity so that LGBTQ clients feel comfortable and safe while they address their trauma and other needs.
Muscogee Creek Nation
National Children’s Advocacy Center
The mission of the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) is to Model, Promote, and Deliver Excellence in Child Abuse Response and Prevention through Service, Education, and Leadership. The NCAC houses the only child-friendly setting for the multidisciplinary investigation and intervention of child sexual and severe physical abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama. The Madison County Multidisciplinary Team reviewed 813 cases in 2018, while the NCAC conducted more than 500 forensic interviews of children and provided more than 1,900 hours of therapy to survivors of child abuse. The NCAC is the birthplace of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) model; and since opening its doors more than 35 years ago has served as a model for more than 900 CACs operating throughout the United States and in 34 countries. More than 158,000 child abuse professionals from all 50 states and 179 countries have been trained by the NCAC with international training and technical assistance focusing on development of national policies providing for the protection of children, implementation of the multidisciplinary response (CAC) model for child abuse, and development of national training programs. The NCAC also operates the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC), which provides training and technical assistance to CACs, Multidisciplinary Teams, and state Chapters within the 16-state Southeast region and the District of Columbia. The NCAC hosts the International Symposium on Child Abuse, which is attended by approximately 1,500 child abuse response professionals annually from around the world
Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Big Lots Behavioral Health Services
Nationwide Children's Hospital, located in Columbus, Ohio, provides trauma treatment services through a range of interventions in a variety of locations. Both the Big Lots Behavioral Health Division and the Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) offer the trauma treatment services described below. Behavioral Health (BH) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is offered at five locations across the city. Likewise, Parent Child Interaction Training is provided in various locations, including in the family home. The most intensive intervention is a model of care that blends TFCBT and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). It is designed to treat youths suffering from serious emotional dysregulation and histories of complex trauma. Other trauma interventions provided by Big Lots BH services include DBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. TCFSH Child Advocacy Center (CAC) completed training in 2013 and has fully integrated the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) into their treatment as usual care for identified families who have completed a CAC assessment. TCFSH has also implemented a small adult services program for victims of family violence that includes domestic violence advocacy, legal services, and adult trauma treatment, and hopes to consult with other NCTSN sites that are implementing both adult and child trauma services. NCH BH was awarded funding to act as the coordinating entity focused on Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Prevention for 13 counties in the Central Ohio region, where the dissemination of evidence-based CAN prevention practices are being overseen. NCH BH also has a large Early Child Mental Health program that has strong trauma treatment services as a part of their broader parenting services.