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.
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 Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at University of Missouri, St. Louis, The Families Learning About Recovery Project (FORECAST)
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.
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.
Founded in 1906, Children's Institute (CII) is the largest agency of its kind working to transform the lives of children exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles. By providing early education, behavioral health and family strengthening services, CII reaches 26,000 children and families annually in communities where support is needed most. CII also leads the way in trauma-informed care and evidence-based clinical treatment by training thousands of professionals and caregivers throughout the year.
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.