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.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Center for Success and Independence, Safety Acceptance Freedom Empowerment (S.A.F.E)
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.
Chaddock, Trauma Initiative of West Central Illinois
Chaddock provides trauma-informed and attachment-based services to 17,000 children age 0-21 and their families annually in the rural community of Quincy, Illinois, and the surrounding tri-state area (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri). The following services are provided: outpatient and school-based counseling, therapeutic day program, foster care and post adoption, independent living, transitional living, group home, residential, and a specialized Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program that has served children from 27 states and 17 international countries. The NCTSN-endorsed trauma-informed interventions used at Chaddock include Psychological First Aid (PFA), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC). In addition, Chaddock provides consultation and training services on attachment and trauma related topics, including PFA and SPARCS.
Chadwick Center, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
The Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is creating the The Center for Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Policies, Programs, and Practices (TIPs Center) to support child welfare (CW) system efforts across the nation. The ultimate goal of the TIPs Center is for Trauma Informed (TI) knowledge and skills to permeate into CW organizational cultures, at all levels and among all roles, resulting in positive sustainable changes in the systems, policies, and practices which lead to better outcomes for children and families served by these systems. The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) is being transformed into four new curricula for use with specific targeted segments of the CW system workforce including caseworkers, supervisors, leaders (directors and managers), and support staff (receptionists, case aides, etc.). Information on how culture and trauma intersect is being wound into each of the curricula and all of them will be designed with a consultation/coaching framework. The TIPs Center is developing a system for training trainers across the country in these curricula and will provide continued support to these rostered trainers. Thoughtful consideration is being given to how to roll the adaptations out to communities that have already received the initial CWTTT training. Advanced training around topics such as secondary traumatic stress and screening and service array are also being developed. Additionally, the TIPs Center is working with CW training organizations to explore how TI concepts can be infused into existing core/foundational CW training.
Chase, Sandra, MSW, ACSW
Sandra was formerly the Director of the Social Work internship program at Children’s Institute in Los Angeles California. Sandra has an extensive career in both Child Welfare and Mental health.
During her 24 years in management at CII she participated in several NCTSN projects. She was trained and utilized NCTSN’s Core Curriculum on Childhood trauma to provide case conceptualization training to Social work interns. She also participated in the Child welfare breakthrough collaborative. As the agency foremost trainer on cultural responsiveness, she provided training that explores the effect of historical trauma, implicit bias and privilege on service delivery. She is currently an independent trauma informed trainer and consultant, Advisor for Columbia School of Social work’s online program and Adjunct professor at Antioch University in Culver City, California. Sandra is an Advanced CCCT trainer and a Co-chair for NCTSN’s Cultural Consortium. She is particularly interested in providing culturally responsiveness training that is trauma informed and promotes personal reflection, social justice and policy reform.
Child Health & Development Institute of CT
The Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC) is developing a more trauma-informed early childhood system of care in Connecticut, with an emphasis on the state’s neediest communities. The ECTC is led by the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), an intermediary organization that has partnered with state and provider agencies to disseminate and sustain children’s behavioral health evidence-based practices for more than 10 years. The ECTC is a collaboration between CHDI, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, The Connecticut Department of Children and Families, The Consultation Center at Yale University (evaluator), a family partner, treatment developers at other NCTSN sites, and a network of community-based provider agencies. The ECTC is improving access to trauma-focused services for Connecticut’s young children aged birth through 7 exposed to violence, abuse, and other forms of trauma by: 1) disseminating evidence-based treatments in the community; 2) developing internal capacity to support sustainability of these EBPs; and 3) improving the ability of the state’s early childhood workforce to identify and refer children and families in need of trauma-focused services. The ECTC will disseminate and sustain Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Treatment (TARGET), and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI).
Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at University of Missouri, St. Louis, Foundations for OutReach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training (FORECAST)
Foundations for Out Reach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training (FORECAST) is a collaboration of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Illinois-Springfield, the National Child Protection Training Center, and the National Children’s Alliance. FORECAST will disseminate the Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Childhood to communities with Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) undergraduate university programs, equipping students from a range of child-serving disciplines as well as professionals in the local workforce with Trauma Informed Experiential Reasoning Skills (TIERS). The Core Concepts and TIERS will be disseminated via Problem Based Learning Simulations by undergraduate CAST faculty and community workforce trainers, who will be trained at FORECAST learning collaboratives. FORECAST anticipates impacting psychology, social work, criminal justice, sociology, education, and nursing students at the undergraduate level, and the full range of Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members at the community level. We anticipate impacting not only the population trained, but also workforce retention as people are better prepared to enter a trauma-informed workforce and agencies are better prepared to receive new graduates.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a partnership between the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children (CSHC) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. The objectives of the project are to do the following: (1) provide trauma-informed services—including TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)—to children and adolescents in metropolitan Atlanta; (2) offer webinars on mental health topics to child service agencies in the Atlanta community; (3) provide training in TF-CBT and mentoring in the application of evidence-based practices to multiple small groups of mental health providers who serve child victims of abuse/neglect in rural and underserved areas of north Georgia; and (4) develop and pilot a TF-CBT telemental health service to provide therapy to traumatized children and their families in rural and underserved areas of Georgia.
Children's Home Society of Florida, Trauma Recovery Initiative
The Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) will enhance trauma informed care throughout the state of Florida at a Child and Family, Organizational, and System over the next 5 years. We will be providing EBPs to children in local schools specifically using the Real Life Heroes Model. The children, ranging in age from 6 – 12, will have experienced, abuse, neglect, military trauma, or an unidentified trauma related to chronic traumatic experiences over their lifetime. We will be partnering with 7 local Title 1 schools, with the goal of adding 2 schools by the end of the grant cycle. Real Life Heroes will be implemented through individual and family therapy. Organizationally, we will continue to implement TFCBT, CPP, PCIT, and the Sanctuary Model throughout the state, offering trainings in these EBPs to CHS Divisions throughout the state. Systematically, we will be engaging and leading a community-wide, cross-sector group that will identify and mobilize a holistic set of resources to aid children who have or at-risk of experiencing trauma. The group will also promote a community wide campaign in trauma awareness, using the resources of the NCTSN and a collaboration with a Category 2 site.
Children's Hospital Boston, Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents
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.