Akron Children's Hospital strives to raise awareness of the affect of traumatic stress and adversity on traumatized children and their families. This initiative will train medical health providers and staff on the physical and psychological consequences of experiencing adverse events and the importance of early identification. We also focus on building resiliency in those who work with traumatized children and families.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron Children's Hospital
New York University School of Medicine, NYU CCTS in Child Welfare & Mental Health
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Parsons Child and Family Center’s Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI) has provided training, consultation, and research as a NCTSN Community Practice Site since 2002, including national and regional leadership in developing and disseminating evidence-supported trauma and resiliency-focused services for children and families with traumatic stress. The HEROES Project, a SAMHSA-funded NCTSN grant, provided integrated trauma-informed training for six programs at Parsons, the Albany County Children’s Mental Health Clinic, and the Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families from 2009-2012. The Project trained therapists, foster parents, residential counselors, child protective services workers, and educators, and evaluated of the efficacy of Real Life Heroes (RLH), a trauma and resiliency-focused treatment, to help children and families who had experienced multiple and interpersonal traumas such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, domestic violence, losses, or community violence. Results of HEROES Project research are being published in a journal of the American Psychological Association and include statistically significant decreases in child behavior problems and trauma symptoms. The study supported the efficacy of implementing trauma and resiliency-focused treatment in a wide range of child welfare and children’s mental health programs. Following Parsons’ affiliation with the Northeast Parent and Child Society in 2012, the scope of SATRI training and consultation has more than doubled. The combined agencies currently serve more than 12,000 children and family members each year in 46 counties of New York State with 60 programs and over 1,200 staff. Primary service areas include: early childhood, education, training and research, behavioral health, family foster care, residential care, case management, prevention and family preservation, and career development. As a NCTSN affiliate organizations, the two agencies have continued Parsons’ commitment to “‘learning, adapting, creating, and delivering the most effective services for children and families.”’ Training programs, research, and publications continue Parsons’ commitment over the last 12 years to collaborative work with other NCTSN colleagues on disseminating evidence-supported trauma treatment. This has included participation in the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Group, the Complex Trauma and Integrated Health Care committees, and co-leadership of the NCTSN Resource Parent Workgroup, which developed a highly regarded trauma-informed training used by foster, kinship, and adoptive parents across the United States. Training in Real Life Heroes, the Resource Parent Curriculum, and consultation on implementation of trauma-informed treatment in child welfare and children’s behavioral health programs are available through the Parsons SATRI.
Northwestern University Medical School, Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Planning
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services, and Interventions (CCTASI) at Northwestern University will assist child-serving systems in understanding, assessing, and responding to the developmental effects of child trauma. Our target populations include direct service providers, caregivers, and youth in child welfare, behavioral health, education, and juvenile justice settings. We will use a culturally sensitive lens and emphasize work with specific subpopulations or sectors where gaps in trauma-informed practices exist, such as early education, child welfare residential, juvenile probation, and transition age youth (TAY) programs. Our work will be carried out through developing and adapting resources and products; offering training and implementation support for providers, caregivers, and youth; and evaluating various types of trauma-focused interventions and products. Key activities include: 1) training and consulting on trauma-informed screening/assessment strategies (including the CANS-Trauma) across a range of settings; 2) developing and adapting trauma assessment resources for specific subpopulations (e.g., early childhood) and to support the meaningful use of trauma-informed assessment for family engagement, psychoeducation, and treatment/service planning; 3) training and implementation of NCTSN interventions/ service approaches for non-clinical, front line providers across settings, including the Think Trauma Toolkit and Resource Parent Curriculum; 4) adapting resources and interventions for different cultural groups to address health disparities, and; 5) raising public awareness on the developmental effects of trauma through development and widespread dissemination of child trauma resources, all to support building sustainable trauma-informed systems.
Jill Novacek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Illinois with her MSW. She has been in the field for over 20 years with experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of counseling needs, including sexual behavior problems and trauma. She has experience with youth and adults involved in the justice and child welfare systems and provided crisis intervention. She is a strong believer that behavior has meaning and there is always hope for a healthy future. She was the Principal Investigator for the 2012-2016 SAMHSA/NCTSN project "The Healing Path" in Gurnee, Illinois. She holds a child welfare license as well as licenses as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Sex Offender Evaluator. She is the Program Director at CYN Counseling Center.
Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center
The Families Increasing Resilience, Strength and Trust through positive relationships (FIRST) Program will leverage training expertise, program evaluation, and product development to further the NCTSN's mission to positively influence the lives of families impacted by trauma. The program will increase availability of two evidence-based interventions—Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Sexual Behavior Problems: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (SBP-CBT)—delivered with high fidelity to traumatized families. Both PCIT (a SAMHSA-recognized intervention) and SBP-CBT (a comprehensive family-based intervention for children with inappropriate sexual behaviors) can be utilized to address child behavioral problems common among children affected by sexual and nonsexual trauma, and among families dealing with military deployment–related trauma. Implementation methods include innovative telehealth applications and Learning Collaborative strategies. The FIRST Program will expand treatments to military families experiencing deployment stressors and will enhance family resilience. The collaboration will contribute to the Network's understanding of the implementation process for family-based interventions including integrating new research findings from the program’s studies of telehealth-based implementation. Additionally, the program will provide support and leadership to Category III sites and other agencies seeking to expand their portfolio of trauma-informed services. Project deliverables will include: 1) PCIT and SBP-CBT Learning Collaborative models, 2) uniform training methods and materials, 3) telehealth protocols, and 4) development of a model of care for families of children with trauma exposure and secondary behavior management problems.
One Hope United Northern Region, The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth
The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth provides assessment and treatment of trauma in children into the mental health, substance abuse, schools, and juvenile justice systems in Lake County. An evidence-based approach; Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) used to treat traumatic stress symptoms in children aged 3 to 18. Medicaid and some private insurance is accepted.
Ozark Center, Inc.,
Ozark Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has been providing behavioral health services since February 1965 and became an entity of Freeman Health System in 1996. We employ employees in 30 locations across Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barton counties, and serve approximately 14,000 clients.
At Ozark Center, we continually seek new ways to provide quality services to our clients by exploring new products, services and locations in an effort to provide our clients with quality mental healthcare. We believe that a community-based system is inherently more responsive to the needs of the community and the individuals served.
Since opening, we have continued to expand services and programs in the communities we serve through innovation, pursuit of grants, fundraising activities and passion for providing gold-standard, evidence-based services. This is reflected in our mission statement. To improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, trauma-informed, quality healthcare solutions. As the area™s largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider, our qualified staff provides effective, caring and confidential services for adults, families and children, including:
Individual, group and family therapy
Psychiatric services/medication management
Acute inpatient care
24-hour crisis services
Our goal is to assist people of all ages who are dealing with mental illness, addiction, trauma and/or abuse to develop the skills essential for living a life with dignity and purpose. Ozark Center provides a comprehensive system of mental healthcare programs from outpatient to hospitalization.
Patti Park, PsyD
Patti Park has extensive experience in executive and senior leadership positions in community mental health organizations serving children and families throughout Los Angeles County, and has been providing direct clinical services since 2001. She was involved in the planning and implementation of Proposition 63 funded trauma-focused and evidence-based programs in L.A. County. She has served on county best practices committees to enhance assessment and treatment for children involved in the child welfare system. Her most recent agencybased leadership role was as Regional Director for Children’s Institute, Inc. In this position, she provided strategic and organizational leadership to develop and sustain comprehensive trauma-focused and evidence-based programs to children and families suffering from the intersecting effects of poverty, oppression and trauma. She integrates her clinical and leadership experiences into her teaching role at UC Berkeley, where she teaches theory and clinical practice courses through a trauma-informed lens. She has also taught at UCLA and CSU Dominguez Hills. In addition to teaching, Dr. Park maintains a private practice where she provides psychotherapy and consultation services.