The Children (and Families) Healing After Trauma (CHAT) clinic is an outpatient specialty clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University. We serve youth ages 3 to 21 years old and their families referred from New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), local schools, mental health partners, and general community referrals from surrounding Rutgers University. Our mission is to support children and families impacted by trauma to rebuild their identity, establish a sense of safety and foster positive relationships with others. Using a multi-systemic, collaborative treatment approach, we hope to give each individual that has faced complex trauma an opportunity to process their experiences and look toward the future with hope. CHAT's specialty areas include adjustment to resource care, impact of trauma and loss, behavior management, sexual abuse and stress management for caregivers. Our clinic provides individual, family and/or group sessions utilizing trauma and attachment informed treatment modalities that include Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) and Game-Based (CBT). CHAT attempts to overcome treatment barriers by providing transportation services to and from the clinic for DCP&P-involved families and in-home parent management training and family sessions, when needed. Additionally, CHAT provides mentors to clients to increase the opportunity for positive peer interactions.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
CHAT Clinic at the Center for Psychological Services GSAPP, Rutgers University
Child Advocacy Center, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) is dedicated to providing expert forensic, mental health, and advocacy services to children who may have experienced maltreatment and trauma. CHKD’s CAC has been Accredited by National Children’s Alliance since 2003, and includes three child-friendly facilities in which law enforcement, child protection, medical and mental health, judicial, and victim advocacy professionals work together to provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative response to children and families when there is a concern that abuse or neglect has occurred. As the largest CAC in Virginia, the program serves approximately 1,500 children annually in the eastern region of Virginia (Hampton Roads) by identifying and providing trauma-informed and evidence-based services with the goal of preventing further trauma and strengthening resilience. As a NCTSN Community Treatment and Services Center, the CHKD CAC aims to increase access to and participation in evidence-based screening, assessment, treatment, and prevention services for children through the GRowing Evidence-based Assessment and Treatment (GREAT) for Children project. Providing these vital services for our diverse community of children ages 12 months-18 years will reduce health disparities and increase individual and family resilience. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of key stakeholders and multidisciplinary partners to identify, refer, and serve children who have experienced traumatic stress.
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.
Child HELP Partnership at St. John's University
The Center will train and support the delivery of evidence-based, culturally adapted trauma services and interventions for children exposed to disaster, sexual abuse, family violence, race-based and immigration trauma (e.g., unaccompanied minors), COVID-19, and traumatic deaths. Major stakeholders in children’s mental health–school personnel, parents, and mental health providers–will work in partnership to create a continuum-of-care at 18 sites nationwide. The Center aims to serve underserved children (ages 4-17) from culturally diverse backgrounds (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ+) who have been exposed to trauma and are experiencing diverse mental health responses. Each site’s trauma team will have representatives from schools, parents, youth, mental health clinics, and other social systems (e.g., police) and be responsible for implementing a tiered approach to services and interventions. Tier 1 is system-level psychoeducation (i.e., Trauma 101) to create a trauma-informed culture and provide a foundation for trauma EBIs. Tier 2 is early intervention delivered after trauma (i.e., Skills for Psychological Recovery) to prevent the development of mental disorders. Tier 3 is treatment for traumatized children and their caregivers (i.e., Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Alternatives for Families-A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). After being trained and implementing the interventions, school counselors and mental health supervisors will participate in train-the-trainer programs to train others (e.g., teachers, clinicians).
Children's Advocacy Center - University of Missouri - St. Louis
Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis is a University-based, multidisciplinary center that provides trauma-focused services to youth, families, and the community. We serve children impacted by all types of traumatic events including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. We also serve witnesses of domestic abuse and violent crime and children who have suffered accidents, natural disasters, and traumatic bereavement. The goal of our grant, Project CONTACT (Community Operations Network for Treatment After Childhood Trauma) is to partner with community agencies to increase participation in our 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
The Children's Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of the oldest child welfare serving agencies in the state of Florida. Established in 1902, CHS is a statewide organization serving our most vulnerable children and their families in the state of Florida. As a funded NCTSN site from 2007 to 2021, we worked to better the lives of our children on an organizational, systemic, and child and family level. On an organizational level, we created a TIC Organizational Assessment, delivered annually since its inception. From this survey, we strengthened our policies and practices, our internal education curriculum, and our response to STS, focusing on the well-being of team members. We have worked with our communities, providing trauma focused trainings for our partners and other community members. We engaged in and led a community-wide, cross-sector group that identified and mobilized a holistic set of resources to aid children who have or are at risk of experiencing trauma. For our children and families, we specialized in evidenced based/informed practices including TFCBT, PCIT, CPP and Real Life Heroes. We implemented the use of trauma assessments in all clinical programs statewide assisting not only the identification of trauma experience, but related symptoms and associated diagnoses. We will continue our work in these areas as we move forward as an NCTSN Affiliate.