The Children’s Place is Kansas City’s specialized trauma treatment center for children age birth to eight years old. The agency opened its doors in 1978 in response to a significant need in Kansas City: children in this community were identified as victims of abuse and neglect, but there were very few resources to help them heal, and preventative programs were virtually nonexistent. Forty years later, the mission remains: to help vulnerable children and families heal from life’s deepest hurts. Through a commitment to building relationships and evidence-based treatments, The Children’s Place is a place of healing for the youngest citizens in this community. The programs provide a continuum of treatment needs, including an intensive Day Treatment for preschool-aged children, outpatient developmental screenings and mental health assessments, outpatient individual and family counseling and in-home family support services. The staff specializes in working with the child welfare systems, school personnel, medical providers and other community agencies. The Children’s Place works to equip children and their families with the coping skills needed to transcend the hardships of the past and to thrive within their everyday lives.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
The Children’s Place
The Cullen Center - ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital
The Cullen Center at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital is an outpatient therapy center for children (infants to late adolescents) and families who have experienced abuse, loss, and other traumas. This grant aims to increase the success of treatment for Child Protective Services-involved youth and families by decreasing barriers to care by: (1) providing trauma-informed evidenced based services; (b) identifying barriers to youth receiving best practice trauma treatments; and then (c) ascertaining and testing potential ways to overcome these barriers; (d) training caregivers (foster, biological, and kin) in trauma-informed parenting and assisting them to have trauma-informed support groups. Cullen Center provides Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Regulation and Competency Therapy, and Strong Families for child clients and Cognitive Processing Therapy for their caregivers.
The Family Peace Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital
The Family PEACE (Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences) Trauma Treatment Center (FPTTC) is an outpatient mental health service at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. The FPTTC provides services to young children and caregivers who have been exposed to traumatic violence and abuse. The FPTTC provides Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers as well as adjunctive individual treatment for caregivers, and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) for the 6-10 year-old siblings of 0-5 year-old referred children. The FPTTC additionally provides trainings for community partner organizations on the impact of trauma on young children and for hospital medical staff on how to effectively screen for Intimate Partner Violence within the primary care setting. The current project develops a model co-location program to place Spanish-speaking, trauma and CPP-trained early childhood psychologists into NYP pediatric primary care clinics and community based organizations with the goals of: implementing screening protocols to increase early identification of trauma-exposed children ages 0-5; improving access to developmentally appropriate, linguistically competent, and evidence-based trauma treatment; and developing a trauma-informed system of care through the training of pediatric medical residents, primary care staff, and collaborating community organizations. The project additionally pilots a model of supportive programming that is Spanish-language, culturally informed, and culturally proficient in order to enhance treatment outcomes for bicultural Latino families affected by traumatic events.
The Family Place: Child and Family Support Center of Cache County
Through our Trauma Resiliency Project, the Family Place serves children ages 0-11 who have experienced trauma and their families using the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework developed at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. We implement the ARC framework through three modalities: a therapeutic child center, home visits, and group therapy. Our project serves those living in Cache and Rich Counties, Utah, with a particular focus on military families and refugee families. The Family Place also collaborates with and trains key community partners including Family Support Centers, child welfare agencies, schools, and other agencies that have a focus on human services. The Family Place operates out of three centers located in northern Utah.
The Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health
The Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center was established to raise the standard of care for bereaved youth and families through the dissemination of trauma- and bereavement-informed, developmentally attuned, and culturally appropriate best practices. The TAG Center coordinates and conducts trainings focused on bereavement-informed risk screening and assessment. Additionally, the TAG Center organizes and convenes Learning Collaboratives dedicated to implementing and evaluating bereavement-informed interventions for grieving youth in a variety of contexts (e.g., grief support centers, hospice and/or palliative care settings, schools, academic medical centers). Through the TAG Center's collaboration with NCTSN sites and other national organizations, a primary goal is to raise public awareness regarding childhood bereavement, age-related manifestations of adaptive versus maladaptive forms of grief, the interplay of PTSD and grief, and bereavement-informed best practices. Special attention is given to disseminating these practices in high-risk populations, including military families and underserved minority youth, as well as in the aftermath of natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Harvey) mass shootings (Santa Fe school shooting), and public health crises (COVID-19 pandemic). With Houston as our hub, we continue to build upon ongoing dissemination efforts across a highly diverse network of cities, each with high prevalence rates of youth bereavement. Primary partnering organizations include those located in Houston and San Antonio, TX; Detroit and Southfield, MI; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; Durham, NC; and St. Louis, MO.
The Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Program
The Trauma-informed Juvenile Justice Program is a Category III (community practice) center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network based at Bellevue Hospital Center. Funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and partnered with the New York Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), our program focuses on improving the quality of care in juvenile justice facilities in New York City and State and, eventually across the United States.
Youth in the juvenile justice system have very high rates of trauma exposure and, sometimes, this trauma exposure is expressed in the violent behavior for which children were adjudicated. The Trauma-informed Juvenile Justice Program aims to address this serious problem by providing the following to detention facilities in the juvenile justice system:
- High quality screening tools to identify a child’s trauma history and its impact on his or her functioning.
- Training programs for correction officers in detention facilities so that they may be best equipped to help the youth in their facilities.
- Intervention programs to address the traumatic stress problems of youth who reside in detention facilities
- Consultation programs to help administrators of detention facilities best organize and manage their program to address the needs of traumatized children in their facilities
- Legal advocacy programs to educate judges and others in the legal system about the relationship between violent behavior and traumatic stress in some children who commit crimes.
The University of California Davis
The Village For Families and Children
As a designated Collaborative Trauma Center, The Village has expertise in trauma informed screening and treatment for children, youth and families. Recognizing that each individual who has experienced trauma responds in unique ways to treatment, the Trauma Center offers several treatment models, including: Attachment and Regulation Competency (ARC), Bounce Back, Child and Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct Problems (MATCH), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). These treatment models are offered through a variety of our residential and outpatient programs and trauma history screening is provided. All of our residential and extended day treatment programs are implementing the Children and Residential Experiences Program Model.
The Trauma Center also helps to expand the capacity of schools and other child serving organizations by providing information, training, leadership development and other assistance on trauma informed care in order to strengthen the broader system of care for children affected by trauma.
Tonsing, Aya MPH
I have been in the field of public health and mental health; and was a part of the Improving the Wellness of Asian Youth (IWAY) project at Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA. IWAY provides Asian youth who have mild to moderate trauma with one-on-one counseling, healing-centered youth groups, and leadership opportunities.
Toyer, Tanya, MA, LPC (OH) LPC-CPCS(GA)
Ms. Toyer is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (OH) and a Licensed Professional Counselor-CPCS (GA). Ms. Toyer is a leader in providing quality, holistic services for children, adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in evidence based practices including trauma-informed care and models as well as child-centered therapy. Ms. Toyer has over 20 years experience working with foster and adoptive children, substance exposed new born babies and their mothers, Military and Veteran families and children and families who have experienced complex trauma. Ms. Toyer is an active leader in forging community partnerships which enhance cooperation and community with the overall goal of preserving or restoring the safety, health and wellness of our nation's children.