The Boston Children's Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center works to provide national expertise in the area of Refugee Displacement and War Zone Trauma/Refugee Health and Resettlement Agencies (Refugee Trauma). The purpose of this project is to address behavioral health disparities for refugee children, adolescents, and families across the nation by developing, disseminating, and supporting strategies that enhance access, service use, and outcomes for this population. The specific goals that comprise this work include: (1) supporting the development and implementation of effective trauma interventions and approaches for refugee children; (2) developing training protocols and products to support dissemination and replication of effective interventions and approaches in communities across the nation; (3) developing and disseminating evidence-supported products in refugee trauma; (4) developing and delivering trainings across systems and providers; (5) collaborating within the network to promote understanding of the culture and special needs of refugee children and families; and (6) providing national and community leadership on child refugee trauma.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Children's Hospital Boston, Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, A Regional Center of Excellence
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 will provide trainings to area school, juvenile justice, and child protective services staffs and to mental health providers in trauma-informed care. These trainings will help prepare our community to assess and treat traumatized children with evidence-based practices. We will also train those who work with traumatized children and families on ways to improve their resiliency through education on secondary traumatic stress.
Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughter, Increasing VA's Evidence-Supported Treatments for Children Project
The INcreasing Virginia's Evidence-Supported Treatments (INVEST) for Children Project—headquartered at the Child Abuse Program—will increase access to evidence-based, trauma-informed services for child victims of maltreatment residing in Hampton Roads. The project will reduce the negative consequences of this maltreatment by: 1) training community professionals to conduct trauma-informed screening and referral procedures; and 2) training clinicians to deliver three trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments (including two treatments that are not currently available in the region), with attention to the cultural and linguistic needs of families. INVEST will create a trauma-informed network of professionals throughout southeastern Virginia, which has a 20 percent military population and 10 military installations including the largest naval base in the world. A total of 440 professionals (including 141 military professionals) will be trained in screening and referral practices; and 10 clinicians will be trained in and will deliver treatments. An expected 2,761 children and adolescents aged 2–17, including more than 1,100 military children, will receive trauma-informed screening and referral services; and 650 children/youth, including at least 130 military children/youth, will receive evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment.
Children's Institute, Inc.
Children's Research Triangle, Trauma Treatment Program: Increasing Trauma Services for Youth
Children's Research Triangle's Trauma Treatment Program (TTP) is an assessment-driven, trauma-informed intervention program based in Chicago, Illinois. The TTP increases the availability of trauma-informed therapeutic services for children and adolescents ages 0-18 years by implementing evidence-based interventions in under-resourced communities. The TTP improves community members’ ability to understand and respond to the needs of traumatized youth by providing training on the impact of trauma on youth. The children and families served come from a broad population in the Chicagoland area, encompassing a diverse range of ages, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. A high standard of care is ensured by ongoing training, consultation, and reflective supervision for TTP staff and partner site staff, as well as continuous input from our consumer groups in the development and implementation of services. The TTP works in multiple under-resourced community settings, requiring the use of a variety of treatment interventions to best meet the needs of the clients served. Consequently, the TTP employs several Evidence-Based Practices, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC)
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) is a private nonprofit agency that provides comprehensive, trauma-informed and trauma-specific mental/behavioral health services to children (ages 18 months through 18 years) and families throughout Philadelphia. CCTC’s services are tailored to meet the needs of each child and family; provided in a culturally sensitive environment; and address the effects of abuse, neglect, trauma, and other challenges to healthy childhood development. CCTC offers an array of center-, school-, and community-based programs and services, including a Preschool Partial Hospitalization Program, Acute Partial Hospitalization Program, Trauma Assistance Program, Sexual Trauma Treatment Program, Outpatient Program, Blended Case Management Services, Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services, School Therapeutic Services, a School-Based Partnership Program, Parent/Caregiver Services, Family-Based Services, and a Summer Therapeutic Enrichment Program. In 2014, CCTC initiated its expansion of services into Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. CCTC is a Sanctuary-certified agency.
CHRIS 180 (formerly CHRIS Kids) serves children, young adults, and families by providing mental health counseling at our CHRIS Counseling Center, group homes for abused and neglected children in foster care, adoption services, a Drop-In Center for homeless young adults, a permanent supportive housing program, and in-home programs to strengthen families. The CHRIS Training Institute provides training for the broader community with a focus on trauma-informed care. Our project aims to: (1) increase school-based, trauma-informed services by providing therapy, community support, behavior aid, and family advocacy services for uninsured or under-insured youth and their families who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events using the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC) framework; (2) develop trauma-informed school environments and train staff on trauma-informed practices aimed at transforming the culture for students that promotes connection through ARC in the school community; (3) provide ARC training and ARC Learning Collaborative for mental health workers within CHRIS 180 and with partner agencies across the state; (4) develop a trauma-informed School Referral Network designed to increase access to resources and locate trauma-informed care in the community; (5) develop a website where professionals and the public can find trauma-focused information, resources, referrals, and register for training. In addition to the Fulton and Dekalb County School Systems, CHRIS 180 collaborates with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI) and Georgia State University on this project.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a multi-disciplinary child abuse team and child advocacy center comprised of social workers, psychologists, child abuse physicians and fellows, child protection case workers, prosecutors, and police. The Center screens over 2,000 families each year for child abuse and neglect and provides several trauma-informed psychological therapies including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and child and family traumatic stress intervention (CFTSI). The Center provides local, statewide, and national trainings including Beyond the Silence Forensic Interviewing, Darkness to Light, PCIT, Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), Child Abuse Pediatrics and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training. The Divisional research focuses on adverse childhood experiences, traumatic brain injury, traumatic stress, parent and child interaction parenting support and adversity screening in pediatric primary care. The Mayerson Center is also building community capacity to address and prevent trauma and child maltreatment.
James J. Clark is currently Dean & Professor of the College of Social Work at Florida State University. He has had a long career in higher education, which began as an adjunct professor of social work in 1985. Jim was at the University of Kentucky for 21 years at the College of Social Work, where he served as Doctoral Program Director, and then as the Associate Dean for Research. He also held a joint appointment in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and was co-founder of the UK Center on Trauma & Children, where he served as associate director. From 2012-2015 he was Director of the School of Social Work in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Science. Jim has served as co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Justice Committee and co-designed The NCTSN Bench Card for the Trauma-Informed Judge. He has worked as a forensic mental health clinician, consultant, and researcher since 1991. Clark has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of mental health and the law, interpersonal violence, addiction, and evidence-based clinical practice. He has participated on capital case mitigation teams in several states and has testified as an expert in federal and state courts on the life histories of accused and imprisoned persons. Clark is currently co-editing a book on death penalty mitigation scheduled for publication in 2016 by the American Bar Association. He is writing a biographical study of the American public intellectual and child psychiatrist, Robert Coles.
Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., The Morris A. Wessel Program for Military Families
The mission of Clifford Beers Clinic is to provide accessible, community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and families. Clifford Beers Clinic works with partners across the state and within the local community to connect families with trauma-informed treatment and wraparound services that benefit the entire family. The HONORS (Homes Obtaining Nurturance, Opportunities, Recovery, and Support) Project at Clifford Beers Clinic provides therapy for children and caregivers of military families living in Connecticut. HONORS provides individual, family, and group therapy that is tailored to the needs of each family situation. Clients may participate in a number of evidence-based treatments such as TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFCR (Strengthening Family Coping Resources), and MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct).