The CARES Institute at Rowan University is a nationally recognized facility for its leadership in the development of evidence-based services for children who have suffered child abuse. Through this initiative, the institute disseminates Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), enhances public and professional efforts toward early identification and protection of potential abuse victims, and improves children's access to evidence-based and developmentally and culturally sensitive treatment services. Through collaboration with local constituencies and NCTSN members, the institute helps increase awareness of, identify obstacles to, and improve access to effective mental health services for children who have suffered abuse or other violent crime. The CARES Institute has also developed and tested an intervention for physical abuse. In addition, the institute provides ongoing training and consultation on TF-CBT and physical abuse to mental health staff at New Jersey's three other Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Centers and to centers associated with the NCTSN.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
CARES Institute at Rowan University
Catholic Charities Hawaii, Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Division
The Catholic Charities Hawaii program Hawaii - Interventions, Mentoring, and Partnerships Aimed at Child Trauma (HI-IMPACT) on Oahu will provide clinical treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events as victims and/or witnesses of domestic violence.
HI-IMPACT will utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, the HI-IMPACT program will provide community based trainings to educate state agencies, the military, schools, clinicians, and service providers on TF-CBT and working with traumatized children.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Restorative Trauma-Informed Practices for Teens
Restorative Trauma-lnformed Practices (TIPS) for Teens program will deliver Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) to a population of adolescents aged 12–19, most of whom are either African American or Latino/Latina. The program expects to serve 320 teens during the grant period. Additionally, TIPS for Teens will: 1) increase access to trauma-informed treatment by providing education and professional development services to 42 school-based mental health service providers; and 2) provide information and outreach on trauma and trauma-informed responses to 670 parents, students, staff, and community-based organizations.
Catholic Charities, Inc., Trauma Recovery for Youth (TRY)
Catholic Charities, Inc. and a constellation of Mississippi State government and nonprofit organizations joined the NCTSN to serve a wide range of urban, rural, and geographically isolated child trauma survivors. The first funding period was dedicated to providing evidence-based trauma training to Catholic Charities clinicians in home-based, residential, therapeutic foster care, unaccompanied refugee minor, and outpatient (Solomon) centers, and to providing cutting edge information to the community at large.
Based on the lessons learned through participation in a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) learning collaborative in its first funding period, TRY implemented a Gulf Coast TF-CBT learning collaborative to build capacity in agencies to treat children and families affected by trauma after the region’s devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Catholic Charities went on to develop a statewide trauma-informed system of care to meet the needs of children and families throughout Mississippi. Evidence-based practices were disseminated to public mental health clinicians via the Learning Collaborative model, with an emphasis on systems serving those least likely to have access to quality mental health care. Catholic Charities collaborated with NCTSN experts to provide TF-CBT learning collaboratives and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) learning collaboratives, as well as participating in training on the treatment of physically abused children. Currently, Catholic Charities clinicians serve as trauma experts in Mississippi and continue providing direct services to adults and children affected by trauma.
Center for Child and Family Health, Inc.
The Center for Child and Family Health's (CCFH) Project Connect: Promoting Recovery from Childhood Trauma increases access to and improves the quality of trauma-focused treatments and services for children, adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events to improve child, family, and system outcomes and address behavioral health disparities among minorities. CCFH targets diverse youth (birth to 21; > 65% African American, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Multiracial; 31% Hispanic origin) and their families exposed to trauma, including children in military families or involved in the child welfare system. Project Connect (1) increases use of trauma treatment for children and families in our outpatient clinic through engagement strategies; (2) provides a comprehensive array of evidence-based trauma-informed treatments for youth and their caregivers (Child Parent Psychotherapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, SPARCS, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and collaborates with other NCTSN centers to pilot additional interventions (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence; Multi-dimensional Grief Therapy); (3) enhances screening of children and their caregivers for co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns; (4) increases our community's capability to provide prevention and intervention services by providing trauma-informed trainings to service systems; (5) enhances sustainability by addressing policy and fiscal opportunities by collaborating with local social services, mental health, and managed care organizations; and (6) improves the quality of and access to trauma-focused services locally and nationally by participating in SAMHSA and NCTSN workgroups and collaborations.
Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress is a program of Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Johns Hopkins University-affiliated specialty hospital internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training. Located in an urban community in Baltimore, the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress provides high-quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive clinical programs and community-based services for children and families who experience or may be at risk for trauma related to maltreatment and exposure to violence. The Center offers a range of evidence-based and trauma-informed services, including prevention, treatment, specialized foster care, community outreach, advocacy, research and training through four main programs and services: Outpatient Mental Health Program, Therapeutic Foster Care Program, Early Head Start, and the Trauma Training Academy. The Outpatient Mental Health Program is a winner of one of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) 2009 Science and Service Awards in the category of"Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services" for its implementation of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Since its participation in the NCTSN, the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS) is dedicated to providing quality clinical services using evidence-based and evidence-informed assessment and treatment practices. As an affiliate member, the Center remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on child sexual and physical abuse, complex trauma, trauma and substance abuse, early childhood trauma, traumatic experiences on parents, trauma-informed child welfare practices, secondary traumatic stress, cultural competence, family systems, policy and partnering with youth and families.
Center for Great Expectations
The Center for Great Expectations is a non-profit behavioral health agency in New Jersey that provides high quality, trauma-informed care to vulnerable, child welfare involved families who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, and substance use disorders. The agency has a number of components: (1) two residential programs for pregnant and parenting women: one for adolescents with mental health disorders and one for adult women with substance use disorders; (2) an outpatient program that offers gender specific substance abuse treatment to adult men and women through both intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care; (3) a supportive housing program that provides rental assistance and support services to women with children who are in recovery from substance use disorders; (4) a licensed childcare center that provides a therapeutic environment for the children who reside in the residential programs. The Center approaches parenting from an attachment perspective and has created a unique Parent Infant Mental Health Program in the residential programs. Their NCTSN Trauma Focused Care Project brings Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) to all programs to serve the children, adolescents, and caregivers who are involved in the treatment and support services, expanding the Parent Infant Mental Health Services into the community. The Center provides ARC training to other New Jersey programs that offer residential substance abuse services to women and children, helping to expand trauma informed care in the substance abuse treatment arena.
Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital
The Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital provides treatment and services for children who experience trauma related to maltreatment. It has used its grant funds to create and maintain a regional network of child therapists in seven Western states that participated and collaborated in training and consultation. This network is no longer being maintained, but the initiative is being sustained through regional collaboration for training on the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. Safe and Healthy Families continues to use evidence-based trauma treatment practices, maintains active collaboration with other centers, and is currently engaged in helping Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services become a trauma-informed agency.
Center for Success and Independence, Safety Acceptance Freedom Empowerment (S.A.F.E)
The Center for Success and Independence’s “Survival Through Empowered Mindfulness” (STEM) project expands the reach and scope of treatment and services to adolescents in the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department's residential facility, known as Youth Village, in Seabrook, Texas. Through the STEM project, the Center is filling an unmet need for trauma-focused therapy and trauma-informed services among this population, providing culturally and age appropriate, medically sound, and evidence-based treatment and services to trauma victims ages 12-17. The services include individual, family, and group therapy. The interventions provided are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and EMDR. The STEM project goals are the following: (1) to expand access to trauma-focused treatment and trauma-informed services—previously available only to a small subset of girls—to all juvenile justice involved adolescents in long-term residential placement, including boys; (2) to improve the quality of treatment and services provided by integrating an efficient evidence-based therapy to currently used evidence-based therapies—including adding EMDR to current therapeutic options for PTSD treatment; and (3) to sustain expanded access and quality improvement beyond the life of the project, in part through extensive staff training to improve staff understanding of trauma.
Centerstone of Florida, Inc
The purpose of the Centerstone of Florida Trauma Training and Treatment project is to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents ages 2-17 and their families who witness or experience traumatic events in three Florida counties (DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota). Centerstone will implement two trauma-focused evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): (1) Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) and (2) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). A care manager conducts eligibility assessments and co-occurring disorder screening at intake. Therapists conduct additional (up to three) TAP Assessments with the client/family to identify the most appropriate treatment for each child/adolescent. The Trauma Trainer arranges Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for focus area stakeholders. The Outreach Specialist conducts outreach and engagement in diverse community venues, interfacing with child-serving systems, state/local agencies, healthcare providers, law enforcement, child welfare agencies, and more to identify/refer/engage individuals in need of trauma program services. The Specialist develops community partnerships to collaborate with the Advisory Council and Youth Task Force. The Trainer arranges training for community stakeholders in trauma-informed practices, cultural competence, and NCTSN Learning Center modules. The Trainer coordinates with Centerstone Military Services (CMS) to host military culture and best practices training for providers who work with children of military families.