Judge Baker Children's Center (Judge Baker; an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) is a non-profit multi-service mental health and special education organization that serves children by promoting their developmental, emotional, and intellectual well-being. With over a century of proven leadership in children's mental health issues, Judge Baker helps children and families chart their own best course to grow and thrive. Judge Baker is nationally recognized as a leader in children's mental health training and education. We work to create lasting improvements in the quality of mental health care and other services for all children and families by disseminating evidence-based practices (such as MATCH, PCIT, and TF-CBT); interventions that have been proven to be effective to treat targeted behavioral health problems in children and families. Our expert training staff work collaboratively with families, service providers, schools, state agencies, academic institutions, and funding organizations to help ensure that all children and families have access to the highest quality evidence-based psychotherapy services. We translate the most cutting-edge research and proven strategies for helping children and families into sustainable practice changes in real world settings. By using thoughtful, evidence-based, and carefully planned implementation strategies, we work to close the gap between research and practice. In addition to providing high quality training to providers around the country, Judge Baker also provides direct outpatient and community-based services in the greater Boston community.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
The Baker Center For Children and Families
The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Dr. Cunningham and staff have significant experience implementing and evaluating child trauma treatment services within the context of a large metropolitan area and surrounding rural counties. Our current work is focused on expanding access to trauma services in our urban area and surrounding rural communities. We will be expanding our implementation of Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) in our Child Advocacy Center, our pediatric emergency department and related trauma specialty units, and a partnering community organization, as well as expanding our Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services with a particular focus on serving immigrant families on site at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services. We are excited to add Perinatal Child Parent Psychotherapy (P-CPP) and will be working with our home visitation services (Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families America) to align CPP and P-CPP for women who would benefit from integrated services for intergenerational trauma or intimate partner violence. We are also aiming to improve family engagement and satisfaction by providing integrated, family driven trauma services congruent with cultural and linguistic backgrounds and preferences. To that end we will be adding a care manager team to develop a utilization management system to help identify families who are experiencing barriers to care and to assist families to address social determinants of health. We will also be receiving consultation on reducing health inequities by addressing social and racial barriers to care and developing a Family Advisory Council. We will be developing learning communities for clinicians providing CPP and CFTSI and we are committed to working with our partners to support data collection and evaluation.
The Center for Great Expectations
The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) began in 1998 in a two-bedroom house, with a single bathroom, donated by Immaculate Conception parish in Somerville, New Jersey. For ten years, we remained in this location, meeting the needs of 12 expectant mothers on an annual basis, and growing our understanding of how best to provide dignified and compassionate services to this vulnerable population. During the early years, it quickly became clear that the need for safe housing with supportive services was greater than our space could accommodate and required a more comprehensive treatment approach than we were able to provide in Somerville. Thus, in 2008, we raised $4.2 million and built two residential facilities in Somerset - one for adults and their children needing long-term treatment for substance use and mental health disorders; the other for pregnant and parenting adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders and their children. As our understanding of how best to meet the needs of the mothers and children that we served continued to evolve, so, too, did our mission and our continuum of care. From 2008 to 2018, CGE experienced exponential growth, including the development of Katy's Place, our on-site Child Development Center; Roots To Recovery, outpatient treatment program, providing behavioral health and substance-use treatment for men and women; Supportive Housing, including 28-units for at-risk families throughout Somerset and Middlesex Counties; and START, providing free telehealth and in-home clinical and doula/case manager services for pregnant and postpartum persons striving to overcome use of alcohol and other substances. CGE now serves over 1000 women, men, and children on an annual basis. Many of these individuals are homeless or economically marginalized, pregnant or parenting, or living with mental health or substance use disorders. In our continued growth and development, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to provide dignified and comprehensive care in an effort to break the generational cycle of abuse, homelessness, and substance use.
The Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience
We are a people-powered, relationship driven, evidence-based, and nationally networked center focused on creating organizations and communities equipped to help children and families heal from 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.
The Children's Aid Society
The Children's Center Utah
The Children's Center Utah (TCCU) provides mental health services for families with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. TCCU provides a range of treatment including a Therapeutic Preschool Program, outpatient therapy, parenting groups, as well as psychological and psychiatric evaluations. A variety of evidence-based models are utilized to support children and families, including the following: Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP); Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC); Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC). TCCU utilizes a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of the children and families served. Through our 60-year history, The Children’s Center Utah has grown to be the largest agency of our type in the region. We receive approximately 1500 referrals annually and see over 300 children each year in our Therapeutic Preschool Program. Over the years we have continually expanded our programs in order to meet the increasing demands of the community. In addition, TCCU is the state’s expert in infant and early childhood mental health and provides training and consultation to early childhood providers throughout the state.
The Children’s Place
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.
The Family Center
Brooklyn Action for Child and Teen Success 2 or Brooklyn ACTS 2 is our child trauma program, addressing the prevalent and often unrecognized impacts of trauma on children ages 5-18 in our community. Brooklyn ACTS 2 staff are trained to identify and treat symptoms of trauma in children and to support parents and caregivers in understanding and addressing the struggles that their children are facing. Working with the child and their parent or caregiver, our evidence-based interventions help children manage and reduce symptoms and help families recover. Our services are available virtually and in our office. Services include:
Screening and Assessment
Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Psychiatric evaluation and, if indicated, medication management
Case management and advocacy to ensure families have the services and benefits that they need
Groups for parents including Parenting Journey and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Resource Parenting Curriculum
Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) multi-family group
Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) Peer 2 Peer group for caregivers
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) group for teens
The Family Place Utah
The Trauma Resiliency Project of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho (TRP) is a SAMSHA funded grant for years 2021-2026. We are a program within The Family Place Utah that seeks to raise awareness about traumatic stress in children and families. For this next five year cycle, TRP has a goal to provide services to individuals from Spanish-speaking countries, refugees and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We enjoy fostering healthy, collaborative relationships with local school districts, police officers and other community officials to serve our communities and mitigate the impacts of traumatic stress upon children, families and minority groups. We are working on incorporating new Care Process Models from Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City that will help us better serve the youth and families in our community through a stratified approach. Each member of The Family Place Utah is aware of the components of trauma-informed care and the importance of client-centered care. Each employee at The Family Place Utah is trained on the Attachment, Regulation and Competency model, a trauma-informed model that teaches helps parents support children who have been impacted by traumatic stress.