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.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Family Center, Inc.
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.
Gahr, Jessica, MA
Jessica Gahr provides trauma-informed clinical services as a member of the S.A.F.E. project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which provides therapeutic services to children adjudicated of a sexual offense and their families. In addition, she works with Glade Run Lutheran Services in Western Pennsylvania providing trauma-informed, community-based care. Jessica is interested in bridging the gap between science and practice to ensure youth receive evidence-based treatment across settings.
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. has joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a disaster behavior health specialist. He recently retired from the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Community Services for the Child and Family Department. He also served as the Disaster Response Coordinator for MHCD. He established and managed the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at MHCD and also managed school-based, community-based and outpatient programs. He has worked closely with a number of community, state, and national agencies and organizations to improve mental health and disaster behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. Mr. Garst is active in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where he co-chairs the School Committee and serves on the Terrorism and Disaster Committee and Affiliate Advisory Group. He worked as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a SAMHSA HIV Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant focusing on homeless and high risk emerging adults and for a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Grant serving gang-involved and at-risk youth. He is a nationally recognized expert in child trauma, has authored several publications and served as a keynote speaker and presenter on child trauma at state and national conferences. Prior to joining MHCD in 2001, Mr. Garst spent 12 years at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and previously worked in public school and private industry settings.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project lnterCSECT will establish a network of therapists who will provide evidence-based treatment services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Georgia aged 11–17. Additionally, the project will: 1) train Network therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); 2) strategically identify/develop and disseminate additional evidence-informed intervention components to TF-CBT–trained therapists that will provide the Network with additional tools to best engage and serve CSEC clients (TF-CBT+); and 3) deliver TF-CBT+ to CSEC clients. Each year the number of CSEC youth served will increase as the number of therapists trained in TF-CBT increases, totaling 150 CSEC youth served during the grant period.
Gomez, Evelin, PhD
Dr. Gomez is faculty at UC Denver School of Medicine with the Kempe Center. She is bilingual, Spanish speaking and bicultural; and works with children and families who have experienced trauma. She also works with community agencies, the child welfare system, and other systems bringing trauma informed services and training. In addition, she has a broad and extensive background on diversity issues and disparity with minority populations. Her expertise includes child trauma, community mental health and child welfare issues.