The high prevalence of traumatic exposure among the 56,000 youth in residential care requires provision of high-quality trauma-informed care to help address the high rates of functional impairments among these youth. The Creating Trauma Informed Residential Settings Center, located in Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project (RCCP), will increase the reach and quality of trauma-informed services in residential settings by expanding the use of two milieu-wide, organization-level interventions developed by RCCP: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Children and Residential Experiences (CARE). TCI is a trauma-informed crisis prevention and management system; CARE is a principle-based, multi-component, trauma-informed program model designed to transform the residential care setting by enhancing the social dynamics through targeted staff development and ongoing reflective practice. Specific goals of the Center are to: 1) Facilitate implementation and sustainability of the milieu-wide TCI and CARE interventions through development and dissemination of materials and processes that support high-quality, trauma-informed practices (e.g. procedures for data-informed decision making and monitoring; communities of practice for collaborative learning); 2) Provide a national platform for advocating and advancing the use of trauma informed practices in residential settings (e.g. dissemination of information and resources about trauma informed care through a website, in person networking and educational opportunities, and publications); and 3) Provide leadership and expertise in the NCTSN in assessing and applying trauma-informed practices in setting-level crisis prevention and management systems and program models in residential settings.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Corwin, Dave L., MD
Dr. Corwin serves as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, evaluator and/or expert witness addressing child abuse cases throughout the United States and other countries including Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Israel, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Dr. Corwin is a founder of the California and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC & APSAC), the Ray E. Helfer Society, and the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA). As liaison from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he chaired the transition of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse between 2009 and 2011. Dr. Corwin has ongoing interests in the evaluation, mitigation and prevention of the adverse health impacts associated with exposure to violence and abuse across the lifespan and currently serves as the President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse which is dedicated to increasing the education of health professionals about and research on the health impacts of violence and abuse. In 2012, he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and serves currently as the Secretary for the Society. Jon Conte, APSAC’s first President referred to Dr. Corwin as the "Father of APSAC" at APSAC's its 25th Anniversary celebration. In early 2012, the AVA released a DVD entitled the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Dr. Corwin served as the DVD’s Executive Producer. Dr. Corwin continues teaching, networking, program development, professional society leadership, clinical and forensic consultation.
Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, New Hampshire Bridge Project
As an NCTSN member, the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (DTIRC) brought evidence-based treatment (TF CBT) for traumatized children to every community mental health center in New Hampshire. Through SAMHSA funding and grants from the New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the Fidelity Foundation, DTIRC established a videoconference network to allow weekly supervision of clinicians by DTIRC and national experts. DTIRC also implemented Project Prevent, which enhanced access to evidence-based evaluation and trauma treatment (CPP) for children aged 0-5 in four agencies across New Hampshire. Its NCTSN-sponsored New Hampshire Bridge project allowed implementation of mental health screening and treatment referral processes across five New Hampshire juvenile justice courts by partnering with family court judges. The most recent NCTSN project entailed a highly productive collaboration with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in which the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) increased placement stability for children in foster care through trauma-sensitive practices in child welfare. Most recently, DTIRC has partnered with DCYF on two Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grants designed to develop a collaborative trauma-informed child welfare system that effectively addresses the well-being needs of involved youth. The Partners for Change project aims to improve the social and emotional well-being of children in the New Hampshire child welfare system, including juvenile justice youth, through universal screening, assessment, evidence-based treatment, progress monitoring, and psychotropic medication oversight. New Hampshire Adoption Preparation and Preservation will focus on the creation of a child serving system in which adoptive children and families have access to trauma-informed, adoption-competent services and supports so that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the child’s needs and ensure a successful adoption.
de los Santos, Katrina
I am an LPC in South Dakota and am a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. I am currently working at the Youth & Family Services Youth Trauma Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. At Youth & Family Services, I have worked with youth from ages 2-18 and their families, as well as young adults, who have experienced trauma. I conduct trauma screenings and assessments and utilize the Clinical Improvement for Measurement Initiative (CIMI) to aid in Duke University's research study. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have also been trained in the Native American adaptation (Project Making Medicine). I co-facilitate Love & Logic parenting classes and recently started teaching a trauma informed version of Love & Logic called "Adults Helping Youth with Challenging Pasts." My areas of expertise includes childhood trauma, parenting, military family issues, and youth with special needs.
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
The Championing Access to Trauma-informed-treatments to Achieve Lowcountry Youth Services Transformation (CATALYST) project aims to increase the quality of and access to evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments and services for child maltreatment victims in Charleston and Berkeley Counties of South Carolina (the “Lowcountry”), thereby reducing the negative consequences of maltreatment on children. The CATALYST project is headquartered at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), the only Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving child victims in Charleston County. The proposed project will achieve its primary purpose by (1) improving screening and identification of children in need of trauma-specific, evidence supported assessment and treatment; (2) training clinicians and supporting implementation of evidence-based treatments (including TF-CBT, AF-CBT, PCIT, PSB-CBT, and FOCUS for military youth); and (3) improving the quality and applicability of evidence-based treatment to address current service disparities. In addition, the project will support creating a trauma-informed community of providers through training child welfare and military family advocacy case workers on the NCTSN Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma.
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Since 1942, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has served Southern California residents by providing quality, trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services. As the first non-profit mental health outpatient clinic in Los Angeles, Didi Hirsch was initially founded to help adults cope with the aftermath of the Great Depression. Today, Didi Hirsch primarily serves a diverse population of adults and older adults living with chronic, severe mental illness, as well as children with serious emotional disturbance and their families, recognizing the substantial impact that traumatic experiences can have on the clients we serve. With ten clinical sites and nearly 100 affiliated schools, Didi Hirsch serves more than 90,000 clients annually throughout Southern California. Our services span a continuum of prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for individuals, families, and the community. These services include a nationally recognized 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline; outpatient mental health services for children, families, and adults; time-limited crisis counseling; field-based intensive mental health services for children, transition-aged youth and adults; school-based mental health and substance use prevention services; case management; employment services; Wellness Centers; an integrated healthcare clinic; crisis residential care; and residential care for women struggling with substance use and their children. Didi Hirsch also provides unique training opportunities to the broader community of service providers, as well as internship and practicum training opportunities for the next generation of service providers to work with trauma-exposed individuals and communities.