Our goal towards the national epidemic of children's trauma is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events. We do this by providing outpatient evidence-based/informed trauma assessment (Assessment-based Treatment for Traumatized Children: Trauma Assessment Pathway). We also do this through providing individual and group treatment (TF-CBT, Bounce Back for Elementary School Aged Children, Coping Cat, Seeking Safety, Adolescents Coping With Depression, Sunshine Circles--Theraplay Group Modality). Finally, we do this through purposeful and close partnerships with local community stakeholders and local community systems of school corporations, juvenile justice, and our local Department of Social Services office. Through our meaningful work of addressing children's trauma, we are striving to improve health status and outcomes for children and adolescents, and their families. It is our hope that our children's trauma program is able to be thoroughly documented, in order to become a notable service model for replication/adoption. And by systematically addressing children's trauma in our local communities, through our children's trauma program/project, we believe we are truly honoring our Centerstone mission of "Providing Care That Changes People's Lives."
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Centerstone of Indiana
Chaddock, Trauma Initiative of West Central Illinois
Located in Quincy, IL, Chaddock is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of children suffering from the psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects of significant abuse, neglect and trauma. Chaddock's full range of preventative, educational and treatment services to children from birth to age 21 and their families include community-based services, a special education school, in-home intensive programs and residential treatment. In addition, Chaddock provides training and mental health consultation locally, nationally and internationally to educators, therapists and others who serve children and families. Founded in 1853, Chaddock has served children from 33 different states and one tribal nation. Licensed, accredited, and nationally respected, Chaddock was established as a ministry of the United Methodist Church and maintains a covenantal relationship with the UMC to this day. The Chaddock team includes 250 highly trained employees who serve thousands of children and families every year through foster care and a full range of preventative, educational, and treatment services. In 2019, Chaddock took a bold step to extend our mission reach by restructuring the agency into five separate corporations - collectively known as the Chaddock Family of Organizations. While each entity has its own unique mission statement, our efforts are grounded in a shared vision - a world where every person matters, relationships are valued and healing and change are possible - and shared values of Faith, Relationships, Responsibility, Learning, and Caring.
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 First, Inc.
Child First will create a national Center for Prevention and Early Trauma Treatment (CPETT), which will address persistent gaps in prevention, identification, reflective consultation, early intervention, and treatment for very young children and families exposed to trauma and adversity. The evidence-based, two-generation Child First (CF) model will be replicated and serve young children (prenatal-5) and families with the highest levels of traumatic stress and concrete challenges. It employs a two-pronged approach with home-based teams, consisting of a licensed mental health clinician and a care coordinator, to 1) decrease multiple environmental stressors through intensive care coordination, while building parental executive functioning and 2) establish a nurturing, responsive parent-child relationship, which heals trauma and enhances resilience. To help facilitate a comprehensive system of care, CPETT will train a diverse array of early childhood mental health providers in a range of other diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, and Diagnostic Classification: 0-5. CPETT will adapt CF’s extensive training curriculum to create a new, web-based Early Childhood Mental Health Trauma Training. We will also offer in-person/virtual training and reflective clinical consultation groups to multiple providers, including home visiting, early care and education, pediatrics, and child welfare. Our goal is to create a trauma-informed community in which all providers understand the impact of trauma on young children; increase development-enhancing, trauma-informed practices; identify children needing further treatment; and refer to relationship-based therapeutic interventions that address mental health needs and heal trauma.
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).
Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)
The Child Health and Development Institute’s (CHDI) mission is to ensure healthy outcomes for children by advancing effective policies, stronger systems, and innovative practices. CHDI functions as an intermediary organization in collaboration with treatment developers, researchers, state agencies, community-based providers, legislators, family advocacy organizations, and others to promote sustainable improvements to children’s health and behavioral health systems and services. CHDI’s ScreenTIME (Screen, Triage, Inform, Mitigate, Engage) project will improve early identification and support of children suffering from traumatic stress and connection to evidence-based treatment. ScreenTIME will develop and disseminate online trainings in screening best practices tailored for schools, primary care, early childhood, child welfare, and juvenile justice staff. The overall goal is to improve identification of children suffering from trauma as early as possible and connect them with support and services as needed. The primary activities of ScreenTIME will be to 1) create and disseminate interactive online trainings in screening best practices for staff in child-serving systems; 2) ensure all materials represent and support child and family input; and 3) disseminate these resources nationally through the NCTSN.
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 Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery at Rutgers Biomedical/Health Sciences
The Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery (CCRTR), located in Piscataway, NJ, is a partnership between Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers School of Social Work, and the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. The center aims to provide training and consultation in evidence-informed trauma screening, assessment and treatment to the current and developing NJ workforce of child mental health service providers. The CCRTR partners access trainings and consultation in the provision of the trauma-focused screening and assessment, and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. The CCRTR focuses on supporting providers that deliver trauma-informed service to youth ages 0-10 and their caregivers in order to engage in early interventions for children exposed to trauma. We also track outcomes for children and families receiving services from our key providers that are engaged in our trauma-informed care learning communities. The Center aims to create a highly skilled workforce to provide trauma-focused interventions to New Jersey’s most vulnerable children at a critical time in their development. CCRTR is developing a resource-rich website that will include information and links related to trauma-informed care for children and families. The CCRTR’s long-term benefits for New Jersey’s children and families is to use a targeted approach to screen and treat trauma’s impact, build resilience in children and their families, and create a large, interdisciplinary learning community in the state of NJ for providers dedicated to trauma-informed care.
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.