The Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University offers clinical services to young people experiencing difficulty with fears, anxiety, shyness, and other related disorders such as depression and traumatic stress. It also offers specialty programs for preschool-aged children with disruptive behavior problems.
The program provides comprehensive evaluations and state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral treatment for children and adolescents between the ages of three and 17. For certain child populations and disorders, the program provides behavioral parent training as well as live and interactive Internet-based services delivered directly to the homes of families struggling with difficult preschoolers.
M. Carolina Velasco-Hodgson is a bilingual clinician with over 10 years of experience. She attended psychology school in Chile, and after obtaining a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her MSW in the US. She was a Social Work Intern at Child Witness to Violence Project and collaborates with the NCTSN Translation Review Committee since 2010 (Caring for kids, Trinka and Juan, and after disasters’ fact sheets) and also collaborates with other members of the NCTSN network (PTSD in Infancy and Early childhood interview: PIE). Carolina currently has a private practice and is a professor in two Universities in Chile. She remains involved in Network activities focusing in early childhood trauma and on product development for Spanish speaking families living in the US.
Children's Hospital Boston, Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents
The purpose of the project "Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents: Boston Children's Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience" is to provide national expertise in the area of Refugee Displacement and War Zone Trauma Refugee Health and Resettlement Agencies (Refugee Trauma). The proposed activities seek to achieve substantial progress in the development, training, dissemination, and evaluation of interventions that address refugee trauma. The project seeks to advance treatment and services for refugee trauma by pursuing the following goals: 1) To develop the infrastructure for successful dissemination of a known effective intervention for refugees (Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees) 2) To further support the development, training, dissemination and evaluation of a web-based providers guide to assessing and responding to the needs of young refugees, the Refugee Services Toolkit, in key service system settings, 3) To develop and evaluate an innovative preventative intervention for refugee trauma called "Promoting Positive Social Identity" using a social media platform to promote positive social identity and resilience, 4) To provide leadership and support infrastructure within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that promotes the collection of high quality data for policy and advocacy related to refugee trauma, and 5) To provide leadership within our local community, to the NCTSN and nationally on refugee trauma and the trauma-related needs of children within the refugee health and refugee resettlement service systems. The project expects to train more than 150 service providers in refugee services, have more than 5000 providers access the RST and use it to improve services, and over the lifetime of the project to enhance the refugee expertise of providers both within and outside of the NCTSN.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) will be developed by the Department of Psychiatry to improve identification of trauma, to increase trauma-sensitive care, and to increase access to evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment for at-risk and underserved children and youth aged 6–18 in central and western Massachusetts—including court-involved youth and youth in military families. During the grant period CTTC anticipates: 1) training 1,800 child-serving professionals in trauma-sensitive care; 2) reaching approximately 20,000 children/youth with trauma-informed services; and 3) providing TF-CBT to 900 children/youth. The service array for the CTTC includes 60 cities and towns in central Massachusetts (Worcester County) and 23 cities and towns in western Massachusetts (Hampden County). Additionally, the CTTC will create a centralized referral system that will include a network of agencies with documented training in evidence-based trauma treatment. Along with providing trauma-informed training, the CTTC will offer training for first responders (e.g., police) in trauma-sensitive practices, and will disseminate culturally competent trauma screening tools to pediatricians, juvenile courts, and schools.
Betsy McAlister Groves was the former director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and site director for Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network. She is now on the faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on early childhood trauma, domestic violence and collaborations with pediatric professionals to increase their skills in identifying and responding to childhood trauma.
Michelle Acker was the associate director of the Child Witness to Violence Project site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network from 2001-2009. She currently has a private practice focusing on child and maternal health, loss, and trauma. As part of her practice, Michelle trains and disseminates child-parent psychotherapy through learning communities across the country. She continues to actively partner with other NCTSN member organizations and professionals through these training initiatives.