The Urban Youth Trauma Center’s Project T.R.I.U.M.P.H. (Trauma Resiliency through Integrated Urban Models: Partnerships for Hope) seeks to disseminate evidence-based practices to reduce and prevent behavioral health disparities resulting from community violence and traumatic stress with co-occurring substance abuse and behavioral problems among underserved youth and their families, with a special emphasis on low-income urban, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minority communities. UYTC’s goals are to: a) raise public awareness through NCTSN collaborations and a national media campaign that includes youth-oriented messages; b) provide specialized training and consultation to clinicians and youth serving providers; and c) engage and mobilize partners in strategic collaborations that include clinical, community, and policy constituents spanning across youth service system sectors to address community violence and behavioral health disparities. Project TRIUMPH will emphasize: 1) public awareness messages disseminated to youth, service providers, and general audiences in-person, online and through social media; 2) specialized intervention training provided to clinicians on manualized mental health services using the two UYTC family-focused treatment protocols of Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (for co-occurring trauma and substance abuse) and STRONG Families (for co-occurring trauma and disruptive behaviors); and 3) best practices prevention training and strategic engagement for clinicians, youth providers, community members, and young adults using the community violence prevention protocol YOUTH-CAN. UYTC uses a comprehensive socio-ecological model that partners with providers across the youth service system including caregivers, clinics, agencies
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Youth Trauma Center, Institute for Juvenile Research
University of Kentucky Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation/Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI) is housed at the University of Kentucky's Center on Trauma and Children. CATTTI provides services to children and families who have experienced a wide range of traumatic exposures and works closely with child serving systems of care to build community capacity to identify and serve traumatized children in need. CATTTI partners with community-based providers across the state of Kentucky to deliver trauma-informed evidence-based and culturally informed interventions to traumatized youth and their families. CATTTI also emphasizes training and service delivery in an under-resourced region of the state that includes a large number of military children associated with Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, and is working toward improving access, rates of attrition, and quality in prevention and intervention service delivery. Evidence-based interventions provided through the CATTTI project include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and will be expanding to include Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET). CATTTI employs workforce development strategies that include training initiatives, including the NCTSN’s Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents, develops resources related to preventing and addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress, and uses the Core Curriculum for Child Traumatic Stress to prepare and train child psychiatry residents and fellows.
University of Kentucky Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovation and Solution Center
The Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center (STS-ISC) is housed at the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children. The STS-ISC will provide workforce development and protection assistance to NCTSN centers, and other child-serving sites to address the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) on trauma professionals so they can provide effective and quality care to children with traumatic stress conditions. This STS-ISC will support wide scale dissemination and implementation of existing and to be developed evidence-informed intervention products to address STS, and expand the application of these interventions to a new population, resource parents, who have high levels of untreated STS. This will be accomplished via the following activities: 1) Implementing workforce development and protection initiatives to create STS informed workplaces by developing an organizational change package and implementing data driven, organizational STS change processes; 2) Increasing supervisors’ abilities to serve as STS change agents and boundary spanners by creating training and assessment strategies; 3) Providing professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to manage STS using evidence-based interventions and an advanced, web-based, STS curriculum.; 4) Providing resource parents with the skills needed to manage STS by creating a targeted training curriculum; and 5) evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions on STS at the organizational and individual level. A full evaluation protocol including process and outcome measures of performance is fully integrated into the work of the center. The project will provide, direct, intensive training and support to 1040 professionals, but will create publically available, free tools and resources available that are accessible to an unlimited number of people in the larger, global community of trauma workers and resource parents.
University of Louisville, The Center for Promoting Recovery and Resilience of Traumatized Children and Youth (CPRR)
The Center for Promotion of Recovery and Resilience (CPRR) utilizes a comprehensive, community based approach consisting of) capacity building, 2) community and referral source education, 3) child/youth centered evidence based trauma focused interventions, and 4) consumer feedback and evaluation to help children and youth overcome effects of trauma. CPRR partners directly with local and regional mental health agencies across 17 counties in the Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana region to provide screening, assessment, and trauma-focused, evidence-based interventions for children and their families. Combined, the agencies offer the full spectrum of services for children with mental health needs, including crisis, inpatient, residential, outpatient, school-based, and home-based services. In addition to direct services, CPRR works with partner organizations and the community to offer awareness, education, training, and consultation to help individuals and organizations be more trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Baltimore-Network of Early Services Transformation (B-NEST) will strive to prevent and support recovery from traumatic stress in very young children through 1.) collaborative care and integration of early childhood trauma prevention, detection and intervention in pediatric primary care, 2.) evidence-based early childhood trauma interventions, and 3.) partnership with families, community elders and cross sector providers to raise awareness and prevent and respond to symptoms of traumatic stress in children ages 0-5 and their families in Baltimore City. We will implement HealthySteps in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s pediatric primary care program and innovative trauma screening, education and attachment-based, developmental guidance tools. We provide two-generational, evidence-based trauma treatment (Child Parent Psychotherapy, TF-CBT) and attachment-based and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) parent education interventions (Attachment Vitamins, ACE Interface). By applying implementation science strategies and creating interprofessional training, we will increase the primary care sites capacities and future workforces to provide child and family traumatic stress resources and implement trauma informed practices in the primary care setting through partnerships with NCTSN Category II Centers (Child Trauma Research Program, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative and NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma). In partnership with local grandparents, our community health worker and community programs will increase community engagement and access to family education and public awareness through community-based, peer-led engagement interventions and workshops to promote social and racial inequities in health promotion.
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center
Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center (a National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) - Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Center comprised of team members from the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine (UMSOM) and School of Social Work (UMSSW) and the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute (CCFTS)) will use a multi-tiered, ecological approach to increase access to and impact of family interventions, share power and decision making with all stakeholders, and further advance trauma- and resilience-informed resources needed to address the complex of needs of families Over the past 9 years, The FITT team has advanced scientific discoveries, clinical innovation and dissemination efforts in trauma responsive family interventions by elevating family voices and strengthening the role of families in recovery from child traumatic stress by providing access to resources and family interventions. FITT interventions are delivered in clinics, homes, and communities, or are embedded in systems (e.g. interpersonal violence (IPV), drug courts, schools and social services) and are designed to be flexible, attuned to families’ readiness for change and safety needs. FITT Interventions include Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR), Trauma Adapted-Family Connections (TAFC) and Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths (FANS). In addition to these clinical interventions, the FITT Center will led Breakthrough Series Collaboratives and the development of peer to peer interventions (SFCR Peer to Peer Model) and training resources (Climbing Out of Poverty) as well as disseminate NCTSN products in multiple workforce initiatives in universities and across the child and families services to increase capacity to address the needs of families who experience chronic trauma related to poverty and discrimination.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
The UMMS Resilience Through Relationships Center (RTRC) will build off of the work from the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC), a statewide trauma center in Massachusetts, that has trained over 38,000 providers in trauma-informed care since 2012. The main goal of RTRC is to educate professionals and caregivers nationwide by promoting resilience through safe, stable, nurturing relationships in order to respond to impaired caregiving (IC) resulting from parental substance misuse, parental mental illness, and/or child neglect. The RTRC will create a variety of educational and training materials pertaining to the impact of IC on children, the importance of healthy attachments, and effective interventions to support resilience. It will provide national training and guidance to medical providers, mental health providers, substance use disorder counselors, and caregivers (foster parents, parents in recovery, grandparents) working with youth (ages 0 to 21) impacted by IC with the goal of supporting healthy attachment and resilience in youth through caregiver support. The RTRC will develop a series of products (e.g., fact sheets on child neglect, parental substance misuse, promoting healthy attachment, etc., training materials, and other resources) designed to guide professionals and caregivers to promote SSNR culminating in a comprehensive toolkit: Promoting Relationships: Methods In Support of Resilience (PROMISR), available for national dissemination by 2025.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, U Mass Medical School Child Trauma Training Center
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) will be developed by the Department of Psychiatry to improve identification of trauma, to increase trauma-sensitive care, and to increase access to evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment for at-risk and underserved children and youth aged 6–18 in central and western Massachusetts—including court-involved youth and youth in military families. During the grant period CTTC anticipates: 1) training 1,800 child-serving professionals in trauma-sensitive care; 2) reaching approximately 20,000 children/youth with trauma-informed services; and 3) providing TF-CBT to 900 children/youth. The service array for the CTTC includes 60 cities and towns in central Massachusetts (Worcester County) and 23 cities and towns in western Massachusetts (Hampden County). Additionally, the CTTC will create a centralized referral system that will include a network of agencies with documented training in evidence-based trauma treatment. Along with providing trauma-informed training, the CTTC will offer training for first responders (e.g., police) in trauma-sensitive practices, and will disseminate culturally competent trauma screening tools to pediatricians, juvenile courts, and schools.
University of Minnesota, Ambit Network, Midwest Continuum of Care for Child Trauma
The Center for Resilient Families is a partnership between Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota, and developers of evidence-based family programs at Arizona State University’s REACH institute, Implementation Sciences International, and the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. The Center aims to raise awareness of and increase access to family interventions that promote resilience in traumatized children and will reduce disparities in service access, use, and training by targeting trauma-informed family interventions to isolated families in transition: those with a parent deployed to war, Native American families on reservations, immigrant and refugee families, families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and families in which a parent has been killed. We will adapt and widely implement an array of five evidence-based parenting interventions, all of which have been tested and shown to be effective at strengthening resilience among traumatized families. These interventions are: Family check-up/FCU; the Family Bereavement Program; Parent Management Training-Oregon model/PMTO, and its validated adaptations for military families – After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT; and Latino immigrant families – CAPAS. Developers will work closely with communities within and beyond the NCTSN to implement and sustain programs via learning collaboratives for providers serving our target family populations. We will provide national leadership by developing products aimed at helping families, those who provide them with services, and communities, to understand the impact of traumatic stress on parents, and the crucial role of parenting in promoting children's resilience.
University of Missouri Columbia
The overarching goal of the Central Missouri- Child Trauma Initiative (CM-CTI) is to provide, and increase access to, trauma-focused, evidence-based practices (EBPs) for trauma-exposed children (ages 0-18) and their families throughout central Missouri. Our work is housed at the University of Missouri School of Medicine Psychiatry Department, with collaborators from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Specific aims of the CM-CTI project are to: 1) increase children’s access to three leading trauma-focused, EBPs: Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma and Grief Component Therapy (TGCT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); 2) significantly mitigate children’s trauma-related symptoms by post treatment as well as reduce trauma symptoms among caregivers receiving CPP. 3) Build a sustainable child trauma workforce in central MO by hosting Learning Total Collaboratives (LCs) for each of these EBPs (i.e., CPP, TGCT, and TF-CBT) for mental health professionals). Our current work also includes the SOAR (System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood) project, which is committed to building community awareness and developing programs to promote the social-emotional wellness of children age 0-8 and their families in Boone County. Our focus is on early child wellness, universal developmental screening, information/referral, workforce development and treatment services. As a Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health we provide a continuum of services and supports and partner to create a collaborative system that promotes social emotional well-being of young children and their families.