The National Child Trauma Workforce Institute at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work focuses on expansion of the trauma-informed workforce. The Institute uses an In Network strategy to disseminate the Core Concepts Curriculum (CCC) for use at CAT II & III sites throughout SAMHSA’s 10 regions. The primary populations served include NCTSN staff trained to facilitate CCC use; and clinical psychology interns, child psychiatry fellows, social workers students, and licensed clinical mental health and marriage and family counseling students, whom trained staff train during their field practicums at their sites using the CCC. Our primary services include: advanced and basic CCC Facilitation “Colleges”, and post-training consultation and implementation support to insure effective use of new CCC skills. Adoption of this network resource increases conceptual trauma knowledge and enhances the clinical reasoning and case formulation skills for existing staff and new staff, and the staff at partner agencies. The CCC has three main elements: a conceptual framework based on “Twelve Core Concepts” for understanding traumatic stress reactions in children and families from the child’s perspective; five in-depth case studies that convey the developmental impact of cumulative trauma exposure in children; and use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) facilitation to engage participants in a highly inter-active learning process. The Institute’s Beyond the Network strategy includes CCC dissemination for Post Masters CEU training; creation of new cases and competency based evaluation tools.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Hunter College Schools of Social Work
Igelman, Robyn, PhD
Robyn Igelman has been the treatment outcome coordinator with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. She now works within the Developmental Services Department as the regional coordinator for First 5 Healthy Development Services in the North Coastal regions of San Diego county. She remains active with NCTSN activities focused on partnering with youth and families and the zero to six population.
Institute for Health and Recovery, Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together II
Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together (BRIGHT III) is a collaboration between the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), and Boston University (BU). The project addresses traumatic stress in children, aged 0–6, and their parents who are in recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders using Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), the Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment (NP) and Recovery, and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC). Services are provided at SSTAR in Fall River, MA and SSTARbirth in Cranston, RI.
Jaco Plucker, JoAnn
JoAnn Jaco Plucker was project director for the National Children's Advocacy Center's NCTSN project in Huntsville, Alabama. She is now a private consultant and grant writer.
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
The Bridging the Gap program identifies and engages adolescent and transitional-aged Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth at risk of homelessness among the continuum of community-based and residential trauma treatment programs. Services include peer outreach and support, psychoeducation and vocational training, care coordination and linkage to community services, and training and support for program staff in the selection and implementation of trauma-informed and evidence-based treatment modalities which meet the needs of these youth, including Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation/Narrative Story-Telling (STAIR/NST), Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy (TARGET), and Motivational Interviewing. Project goals include (1) improved provider capacity to identify these youths and understand their needs within the system of care; (2) increased referrals to and engagement in future focused activities and treatment; (3) reduction in trauma symptoms and improved behavioral health outcomes; (4) and promoting participation in community-based programs and services. The program currently partners with several community providers including Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and the NYU McSilver Institute and aims to enhance and build linkages with additional community-based organizations.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas (EC/CT), a project of the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) of Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS), is designed to address traumatic stress and build resilience in children ages 0-5 while reducing disparities in mental health access among marginalized populations, particularly Latino immigrant families living in Waltham, Massachusetts and nearby communities. The project serves pregnant women and families with young children who are coping with multiple adversities including parental substance use or mental illness, domestic abuse, community violence, homelessness, separation from a primary caregiver, and/or immigration.
In collaboration with our partner, Boston University School of Social Work, EC/CT offers and evaluates services at multiple levels. For parents and young children, EC/CT provides Child-Parent Psychotherapy augmented by Circle of Security-Parenting groups to promote engagement and build interpersonal connections. The EC/CT team includes bi-lingual/bi-cultural clinicians, as well as community members hired as Mentoring Moms, to provide peer support and connect families with resources. At the community and systems level, EC/CT is building a trauma-informed network of local organizations, representing health care, early childhood education, child welfare, domestic violence services, and Early Intervention to enhance community-wide awareness and collaboration in meeting the needs of trauma-exposed and marginalized young children and families.
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative
The Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) will increase the quality of child trauma services by integrating behavioral and physical health services, targeting traumatic stress exposure and recovery, extending accessibility of services by integrating trauma-informed behavioral health services with primary care, and promoting a sustainable integration. The center will support three levels of collaborative activity: 1) a Breakthrough Series, which will generate and test innovations to bridge the gaps between existing practices for prevention/early intervention for toxic stress in young children and the application of these practices within primary care settings; 2) a Learning Collaborative, which will promote the dissemination and adoption of these innovations, and will develop a Pediatric Integrated Care Training and Resource Toolkit; and 3) an Integrated Care Collaborative Group (ICCG) of participants from SAMSHA-NCTSI–funded sites and Network Affiliates. Dissemination will also be facilitated through the center's six core sites, its links to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and its hosting of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs.