The Center for Great Expectations is a non-profit behavioral health agency in New Jersey that provides high quality, trauma-informed care to vulnerable, child welfare involved families who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, and substance use disorders. The agency has a number of components: (1) two residential programs for pregnant and parenting women: one for adolescents with mental health disorders and one for adult women with substance use disorders; (2) an outpatient program that offers gender specific substance abuse treatment to adult men and women through both intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care; (3) a supportive housing program that provides rental assistance and support services to women with children who are in recovery from substance use disorders; (4) a licensed childcare center that provides a therapeutic environment for the children who reside in the residential programs. The Center approaches parenting from an attachment perspective and has created a unique Parent Infant Mental Health Program in the residential programs. Their NCTSN Trauma Focused Care Project brings Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) to all programs to serve the children, adolescents, and caregivers who are involved in the treatment and support services, expanding the Parent Infant Mental Health Services into the community. The Center provides ARC training to other New Jersey programs that offer residential substance abuse services to women and children, helping to expand trauma informed care in the substance abuse treatment arena.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Center for Great Expectations
Center for Success and Independence, Safety Acceptance Freedom Empowerment (S.A.F.E)
The Center for Success and Independence’s “Survival Through Empowered Mindfulness” (STEM) project expands the reach and scope of treatment and services to adolescents in the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department's residential facility, known as Youth Village, in Seabrook, Texas. Through the STEM project, the Center is filling an unmet need for trauma-focused therapy and trauma-informed services among this population, providing culturally and age appropriate, medically sound, and evidence-based treatment and services to trauma victims ages 12-17. The services include individual, family, and group therapy. The interventions provided are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and EMDR. The STEM project goals are the following: (1) to expand access to trauma-focused treatment and trauma-informed services—previously available only to a small subset of girls—to all juvenile justice involved adolescents in long-term residential placement, including boys; (2) to improve the quality of treatment and services provided by integrating an efficient evidence-based therapy to currently used evidence-based therapies—including adding EMDR to current therapeutic options for PTSD treatment; and (3) to sustain expanded access and quality improvement beyond the life of the project, in part through extensive staff training to improve staff understanding of trauma.
Centerstone of Florida, Inc
The purpose of the Centerstone of Florida Trauma Training and Treatment project is to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents ages 2-17 and their families who witness or experience traumatic events in three Florida counties (DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota). Centerstone will implement two trauma-focused evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): (1) Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) and (2) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). A care manager conducts eligibility assessments and co-occurring disorder screening at intake. Therapists conduct additional (up to three) TAP Assessments with the client/family to identify the most appropriate treatment for each child/adolescent. The Trauma Trainer arranges Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for focus area stakeholders. The Outreach Specialist conducts outreach and engagement in diverse community venues, interfacing with child-serving systems, state/local agencies, healthcare providers, law enforcement, child welfare agencies, and more to identify/refer/engage individuals in need of trauma program services. The Specialist develops community partnerships to collaborate with the Advisory Council and Youth Task Force. The Trainer arranges training for community stakeholders in trauma-informed practices, cultural competence, and NCTSN Learning Center modules. The Trainer coordinates with Centerstone Military Services (CMS) to host military culture and best practices training for providers who work with children of military families.
Centerstone of Illinois
CT3: Centerstone Trauma Treatment and Training’s aim is to increase access to trauma-focused treatment for children, adolescents and their families who have experienced traumatic events, including children and adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system and children of veterans. The counties covered include Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, Washington and Williamson. CT3 services include: -Direct trauma and treatment services -Therapy -Care management -Professional training and community education -Outreach and engagement -Screening and assessment -Linkages to services and supports CT3 develops and maintains local capacity to implement trauma-informed practices and provide evidence-based, informed trauma treatment interventions. The goals of the program are: - Establish a community-based, culturally competent, quality, accessible program to provide and increase access to effective trauma focused treatment and services systems for children, adolescents, and their families who witness or experience traumatic events. -Develop a sound infrastructure and increase community capacity to implement trauma-informed services for the focus population. -Improve the health status and outcomes for young children – ages 2 to 9 years old, adolescents – ages 10 to 17 years old, and families as measured at intake, 6 months and discharge follow-up. -Develop and disseminate a thoroughly documented model with measurable objectives for statewide and national replication and adoption. 1-877-HOPE123 (1-877-467-3123)
Centerstone of Indiana
Our goal towards the national epidemic of children's trauma is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events. We do this by providing outpatient evidence-based/informed trauma assessment (Assessment-based Treatment for Traumatized Children: Trauma Assessment Pathway). We also do this through providing individual and group treatment (TF-CBT, Bounce Back for Elementary School Aged Children, Coping Cat, Seeking Safety, Adolescents Coping With Depression, Sunshine Circles--Theraplay Group Modality). Finally, we do this through purposeful and close partnerships with local community stakeholders and local community systems of school corporations, juvenile justice, and our local Department of Social Services office. Through our meaningful work of addressing children's trauma, we are striving to improve health status and outcomes for children and adolescents, and their families. It is our hope that our children's trauma program is able to be thoroughly documented, in order to become a notable service model for replication/adoption. And by systematically addressing children's trauma in our local communities, through our children's trauma program/project, we believe we are truly honoring our Centerstone mission of "Providing Care That Changes People's Lives."
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).
Children's Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery at Rutgers Biomedical/Health Sciences
The Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery (CCRTR), located in Piscataway, NJ, is a partnership between Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers School of Social Work, and the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. The center aims to provide training and consultation in evidence-informed trauma screening, assessment and treatment to the current and developing NJ workforce of child mental health service providers. The CCRTR partners access trainings and consultation in the provision of the trauma-focused screening and assessment, and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. The CCRTR focuses on supporting providers that deliver trauma-informed service to youth ages 0-10 and their caregivers in order to engage in early interventions for children exposed to trauma. We also track outcomes for children and families receiving services from our key providers that are engaged in our trauma-informed care learning communities. The Center aims to create a highly skilled workforce to provide trauma-focused interventions to New Jersey’s most vulnerable children at a critical time in their development. CCRTR is developing a resource-rich website that will include information and links related to trauma-informed care for children and families. The CCRTR’s long-term benefits for New Jersey’s children and families is to use a targeted approach to screen and treat trauma’s impact, build resilience in children and their families, and create a large, interdisciplinary learning community in the state of NJ for providers dedicated to trauma-informed care.
Children's Home Society of Florida, Trauma Recovery Initiative
The Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) will enhance trauma informed care throughout the state of Florida at a Child and Family, Organizational, and System over the next 5 years. We will be providing EBPs to children in local schools specifically using the Real Life Heroes Model. The children, ranging in age from 6 – 12, will have experienced, abuse, neglect, military trauma, or an unidentified trauma related to chronic traumatic experiences over their lifetime. We will be partnering with 7 local Title 1 schools, with the goal of adding 2 schools by the end of the grant cycle. Real Life Heroes will be implemented through individual and family therapy. Organizationally, we will continue to implement TFCBT, CPP, PCIT, and the Sanctuary Model throughout the state, offering trainings in these EBPs to CHS Divisions throughout the state. Systematically, we will be engaging and leading a community-wide, cross-sector group that will identify and mobilize a holistic set of resources to aid children who have or at-risk of experiencing trauma. The group will also promote a community wide campaign in trauma awareness, using the resources of the NCTSN and a collaboration with a Category 2 site.
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.