Susan Erstling was the Senior Vice President for Family Service of RI, Children's Treatment and Recovery Center, As the principal investigator of the NCTSN grant, she established numerous partnerships with police, military, child welfare, pediatric and multiple community organizations to provide trauma services and disseminate trauma informed care throughout RI.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Erstling, Susan, LICSW, PhD
Family and Children's Service, Inc., NJ
Family & Children's Services (FACS) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is providing trauma treatment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families who experience/witness traumatic events. Utilizing interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Transforming Trauma will continue to provide leadership on child/adolescent issues to the provider communities throughout New Jersey, build the capacity of statewide service system to implement trauma-informed service practices (including professional training, public information, and outreach/screening, referral), and build a network of trauma-capable providers. Transforming Trauma will focus on making services accessible to military families that live on or near nearby military bases, homeless families, forensically-involved and other underserved youth and their families. We will train clinicians throughout the state of New Jersey to deliver services to children and families impacted by trauma utilizing one of four evidence-based therapeutic models including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT); and Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS).
Family and Children's Services Inc., OK, F&CS Child Trauma Center
The Family & Children's Services Child Trauma Center will expand access to evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment to children/youth (aged 0–18) and their families who reside in Tulsa County and the surrounding communities in northeast Oklahoma, and who may find it difficult or impossible to participate in traditional in-office treatment. The center will create a team composed of therapists and a case manager to deliver treatment using a home-based trauma-treatment intervention model. Three interventions will be used: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Family Center, Inc.
Brooklyn Action for Child and Teen Success (Brooklyn-ACTS) is a program of The Family Center focusing on building agency and community capacity to identify and treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children ages 5-18. In collaboration with the CARES Institute, Brooklyn ACTS trains and certifies therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and provides the intervention to children and adolescents residing in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn, NY. The program aims to build sustainable capacity within the agency and with our central Brooklyn community partners to increase on-going access to evidenced-based, trauma-focused treatment and services for minority children who experience or witness traumatic events. These severely traumatized children exhibit significant emotional or behavioral difficulties related to one or more traumatic life events, including complex trauma. Clinicians, clinical supervisors, directors, and community partners are trained in TF-CBT, an evidenced-based intervention that effectively treats trauma symptoms in children, adolescents, and their parents. The program also assesses for common barriers to retention in behavioral health services and provides care management to address these barriers. Our integrated approach reflects our philosophy that comprehensive trauma-informed, culturally congruent treatment and person-centered care management helps create meaningful and sustained improvements in mental health and overall functioning. Trauma education and outreach to community partners enhances community partner capacity to identify and refer children whose behavior/symptoms suggest possible traumatic stress.
Family Centered Treatment Foundation, Inc.
The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) is the nationally recognized provider of the evidence-based Family Centered Treatment (FCT). The primary purpose of the Family Centered Treatment - Trauma Series Project is to enhance evidenced-based family-systems trauma treatment and increase access to its availability to ensure high-quality treatment for families from a wide range of populations. The NREPP registered FCT model has a strong trauma focus embedded both in the theoretical framework and design and in the practical application. The service delivery system of FCT includes the public sectors of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Male and female populations of all ages are included with histories or current involvement in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Developmental Disabilities, Juvenile Justice systems, military families, families living in impoverished and high-risk communities. The FCT model recognizes the importance of having a cultural and contextual understanding to the traumatic experiences of youth and their families in order to effectively treat all populations, including disadvantaged groups disproportionately affected by trauma. Thus, the goals of the project are to 1) enhance and expand FCT to better serve families of complex trauma; 2) Extend the access to FCT for families/victims of complex trauma in the identified states and additional states; and 3) advance the awareness and access of FCT nationally for trauma centers. Expanding availability and implementation of trauma treatment through training programs to current FCT sites are expected to incrementally impact 1,440 families annually in 9 states and expanding training to additional sites and states serving 7,200 families over the course of the project.
Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc., Children's Treatment and Recovery Center
The Children's Treatment and Recovery Center (CTRC) is aligned with SAMHSA's "Trauma and Justice" and "Military Families" Strategic Initiatives. CTRC will raise the overall standard of trauma care within the state's child welfare and mental health systems; priority will be given to children involved with or at risk for involvement with child welfare and children of military families. During the lifetime of the grant, CTRC will provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), or Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) to children and their families; and during the first year expects to train approximately 400 community partner and child welfare staff. CTRC currently consults with Network expert Judith Cohen, MD, on adapting TF-CBT for children in child welfare and residential settings, and for military families; and CTRC will also consult with and receive training from the Strong Families Strong Forces (SFSF) Program at Boston University on intervention with military families.
Family Sunshine Center
Florida State University
The Florida State University Center for Child Stress and Health is a clinical resource center for patients and professionals that provide primary, secondary and tertiary health prevention for children exposed to toxic stress, especially those in rural, minority and underserved communities. In partnership with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, a Federally Qualified Health Center, it serves as a research, teaching, and service site for medical students, postdoctoral health psychology fellows and residents in providing integrated primary care for children with physical and behavioral healthcare needs. The Center serves as a national resource on effective treatment and service approaches for child trauma experiences by young/preschool children- specifically those from migrant farm-working families. Resources and services are provided in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. The Center:
- Develops research on impact of toxic stress in children from rural and diverse backgrounds.
- Develops screening and treatment for children in primary care exposed to toxic stress.
- Translates evidenced based prevention strategies and treatments for use with rural and minority children.
- Provides education and resources to healthcare providers and early childhood educators on toxic stress and its impact on physical and mental health through a website and professional education.
- Develops health information technology applications to improve access to care.
- Provides a telemedicine training and consultation service to make integrated behavioral health expertise available to physicians in primary care.
FMRS Health Systems, Inc.
The Resilience for Appalachian Youth—Overcoming Trauma (RAPP) Project is a collaboration of three nonprofit, comprehensive, behavioral health centers (FMRS Health Systems, Inc., Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and Seneca Health Services) in West Virginia. The RAPP Project serves children, adolescents, and families (including veterans) who experience multiple traumatic experiences in an 11-county area of southern West Virginia known for poverty, poor health, drug-addicted young parents and minimal access to services. RAPP is increasing awareness of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices throughout the state and among agencies who provide children’s services; providing training in evidence-based treatment (PCIT and TF-CBT) including web-based, on-site, and virtual training to therapists throughout southern West Virginia; increasing staff and evidence-based treatment to children/adolescents with identified trauma in each of the three partnering centers via center, school-based, and expanded use of telehealth; and collaborating with community and state stakeholders in developing and promoting policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed services and practices across the state of WV. RAPP is collaborating with consumers and community agency leaders and a strong Evaluation Team in implementing the project and maintaining long term sustainability to improve the quality of life and resilience of WV children and families.