Strategic Partnerships

The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) works closely with National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) members to develop and expand comprehensive external partnerships with national organizations whose missions are closely aligned with the NCTSN mission. Major activities shared with NCTSN partners include:

  • transforming child-serving systems
  • improving the awareness, knowledge, and skills of child-serving professionals related to child trauma
  • raising public awareness about child trauma
  • advancing public policy and support for child traumatic stress treatment and services
  • supporting sustainability
  • improving child trauma research
  • developing and disseminating products for child-serving professionals
  • developing evidence-based treatments and interventions
  • influencing practice through development of protocols and guidelines
  • collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data
  • integrating child trauma resources provided to special populations of consumers or professionals
  • improving family engagement related to treatment, services, public policy, and product development
  • improving cultural and linguistic competence and family engagement

Organizations which are NCTSN Strategic Partners include:

American Psychological Association (APA)
American Psychological Association

Founded in 1892, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a membership association composed of doctoral-level psychologists who work in myriad settings and seek to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. The organization consists of nearly 130,000 members and 54 divisions in subfields of psychology, making APA the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

Founded in 1987, The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a national nonprofit organization that embraces its mission to enhance professionals’ ability to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. APSAC focuses on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving at-risk children and families since 1920. CWLA’s expertise, leadership, and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country, with impact felt worldwide. CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices, and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth, and families that are vulnerable. CWLA holds a vision of an America in which families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and federal, state, and local governments work together to ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at Georgetown University provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. NCCC places major emphasis on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education, and advocacy. In addition, the NCCC provides training, technical assistance, and consultation; contributes to knowledge through publications and research; creates tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems; supports leaders to promote and sustain cultural and linguistic competency; and collaborates with an extensive network of private and public entities to advance the implementation of these concepts.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) works to ensure justice for every family and every child in every court throughout this country. The vital and important work of the NCJFCJ began in 1937 when a group of judges came together looking to improve the effectiveness of the nation's juvenile courts. They sought to address adoption and foster care, juvenile justice, military families, and minority issues among other concerns. One of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police, and probation officers. For those involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases, the NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency, situated in the Department of Health and Human Services. NIMH seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, utilizing novel scientific perspectives to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience, ultimately paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Founded in 1909, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. With over 200 affiliates in 41 states, MHA is a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.