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.
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 Home Society of Florida
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Center for Transyouth Health and Development
The Trans Community Trauma Treatment Center for Children and Adolescents (TCTTC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is designed to improve the quality of trauma treatment and supportive services for youth ages 10- 21 who have experienced a unique set of developmentally adverse traumatic events due the incongruence between assigned birth sex and internal gender identity. The TCTTC is housed at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, which has historically provided trauma training and trauma-focused multi-agency clinical supervision to clinical and other direct service staff working with youth experiencing homelessness. TCTCC will provide the following: (1) Provide services directed to transgender and non-binary (TGNB) children and adolescents ages 10-21; (2) Support capacity building initiatives targeting local and state level child serving agencies (e.g. child protective services, juvenile corrections, probation, department of mental health, local education agency) to increase their competency to serve TGNB children and adolescents. The TCTTC will utilize Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) as the evidence-based treatment (EBT) to be employed in this program. NET was selected for this project for its responsiveness to the needs and resilience of TGNB youth, the desired outcomes for this project, and the centrality of narrative for the coming out process for TGNB youth. This EBT will expand and complement the existing services offered at CHLA's Center for Transyouth Health and Development.
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
CRT's Trauma Treatment Program (TTP) provides research-driven, trauma-informed programming that aims to increase the availability of therapeutic services for children, adolescents and their families who are at significant risk for, or have experienced, potentially traumatic events including: domestic violence, community violence, traumatic grief, childhood maltreatment, sexual abuse/assault, multiple foster care placements, military deployment, combat injury or death, natural disasters, and serious accidents or injuries. The youth we serve often struggle with the effects of complex trauma, including neurobehavioral difficulties, developmental delays, emotional and behavioral problems, learning disabilities and a plethora of conditions that adversely affect the quality of their lives. Our TTP clinicians utilize well-established, developmentally appropriate screening and assessment tools to determine each child’s specific needs for treatment, which may include individual, group, family, and/or child-parent dyadic psychotherapy. As a former Community Treatment and Service Center for the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), our therapists have received training in innovative treatment approaches that translate into trauma treatment of the highest industry standard and most effectively address the evolving needs of traumatized youth. Our interventions include a variety of evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Stress (SPARCS), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Theraplay®, and Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) for Military Families. In addition, they draw from attachment, developmental, sensory-motor, and psychodynamic models, as well as art therapy and mind/body techniques that best meet the individualized needs of each child and family.
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
Children's Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) is a private, non-profit agency that provides mental/behavioral health services to children and their families. For over 40 years, CCTC has developed and implemented innovative ways of helping children as young as 18 months old and their families cope with obstacles that interfere with their emotional, social, and cognitive growth. CCTCâ€™s approach to care is based on the belief that despite tremendous challenges, children heal from psychological injuries. Through partnerships with families, schools and communities, CCTC creates the contexts in which this healing may occur. CCTC is dedicated to addressing the impact of childhood abuse, neglect, traumatic events and other challenges that can affect childhood development. CCTC offers a wide array of services and programs that are provided at the Center as well as in the home, community and school. CCTC serves more than 3,500 children and their families annually. Their success and reputation for excellence have gained CCTC recognition for their expertise in the areas of trauma, school-based services, and early childhood treatment. Such acknowledgements reflect CCTC's leadership role in the children's mental health services community. CCTC is a trauma-informed organization and is certified in the Sanctuary Model, an evidence-supported model of trauma-informed care. CCTC provides training and consultation in trauma-responsive care as an extension of their services and is a leader in the region for both trauma-informed care and trauma-focused treatment.
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.
Clark, Emilie, LMSW
Emilie Clark, LMSW, is a licensed social worker in agency-based and private practice who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Emilie currently works with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where she provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and youth ages five and older. She also supervises therapeutic visitation between children and non-custodial parents following traumatic ruptures. Emilie graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College as a participant in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Child Trauma Program and has also trained with the Ackerman Institute for the Family's Gender and Family Project in work with transgender and gender expansive youth and their families. She approaches her work form an anti-oppressive lens, with the understanding that interpersonal and systemic traumas greatly impact emotional health. In addition to her work as a therapist, Emilie has worked in LGBTQ+ program development and service delivery in a variety of settings including health clinics, community centers, schools, and residential care facilities.
Clark, Jim, LCSW, Ph.D.
Jim Clark, LCSW is Dean of the FSU College of Social Work. His work includes forensic behavioral health, disaster interventions, clinical and research ethics, and the study of lives. He has responsibility for research and service institutes that serve a wide number of populations exposed to traumatic stress.
Clifford Beers (CB), a leading CT provider of trauma informed mental health services for children and adults throughout the lifespan has been growing its whole family, trauma informed integrated model of care designed to reduce chronic stress. Using both evidenced based (TF-CBT, CCP, CBITS, Bounce Back) and trauma informed practices (wrap around, victim services, parent support groups and addressing basic needs) our approach has decreased maternal depression, increased patient involvement in their treatment, and reduced chronic absenteeism and PTSD in children. Our work has led us to conclude that current models of care do not reach many of those living with chronic stress. Our work in the Sandy Hook school recovery helped replicate a whole school approach to address trauma in urban schools and our role in the KPJR production company's documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope" has brought national interest in our work. CB has won two prestigious CMS grant awards that focused on whole family care and structural and systemic change needed for service delivery to connect with hard to reach families.
Clinical and Support Options
Clinical and Support Options is committed to engaging youth and families in individualized and coordinated trauma-informed care that is family-centered and community-based. Staff provide and oversee effective service approaches by offering high quality training and technical assistance in evidenced-based practices that support the treatment of children and families impacted by complex trauma.