Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center, Trauma Informed Disaster and Evidence-Based Services (TIDES)

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 

Trauma Informed Disaster and Evidence-Based Services (TIDES) will develop proficiency in evidence-based trauma practices and will treat Katrina survivors by centrally organizing staff to be prepared for inevitable hurricanes. The target population is children of military personnel living on the two military bases on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The project will address other therapy needs specific to this population including incorporating Child Parent Conjoint-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT) and Trauma Assessment Pathways (TAP) for assessing and addressing already traumatized populations, and Psychological First Aid (PFA) for preparing for future disasters within their site. Clinicians will educate the community on trauma and formally centralize crisis response for future events. TIDES staff will continue training to become trauma-based experts, and will sustain gains made in TF-CBT by continuing to provide therapy to a traumatized region while working with TF-CBT co-developer Esther Deblinger to modify the therapy to include trauma specific to military families. Four TIDES therapists currently trained in TF-CBT will be developed as experts for the region.

Contact: 
Shelley S. Foreman
Phone: 
(228) 865-1734

Bethany Christian Services, Project Return Home

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 

Project Return Home expands the reach and impact of Bethany Christian Services’ existing child trauma center to serve urban Grand Rapids and the metropolitan Kent County area of West Central Michigan. The target population is traumatized children aged 3-18 who have been removed from their homes due to child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and who live in foster care or other out-of-home placement. Trauma treatment will also be delivered to their parents, most of whom struggle with their own unresolved sources of childhood trauma. The project will adapt/replicate an empirically based trauma-informed treatment model to help foster children achieve four measurable outcomes: 1) reduce behavioral problems extending from childhood trauma; 2) increase the rate and timeliness of child-family reunification; 3) reduce the number of disrupted foster placements; and 4) reduce the rates of recidivism for repeat out-of-home placement of children.

Bethany partners with the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Center of Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, to replicate the trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) model for foster children, and will draw on the resources of its own Child and Family Traumatic Stress Center, which has successfully implemented two other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded clinical models for treating traumatized adopted youth and youth aging out of the foster care system.

Contact: 
Mark Peterson
Phone: 
(616) 224-7617

National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research

Funding Period: 
[2003-2007]
Description: 
The National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research has led the nation in developing and disseminating knowledge about trauma and violence and addressing its effects on homeless families for more than 20 years. As a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network from 2003 to 2007, the National Center and its partners formed the National Collaborative for Trauma-Surviving Homeless Children to address the unmet trauma-related needs of homeless children and their parents. The National Center has developed a Trauma-Informed Organizational Curriculum for use in homeless service settings, settings serving women, veterans, and children, and organizations serving displaced populations. The central component of the curriculum is a Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment that includes concrete practices or benchmarks of trauma-informed care for special populations, and serves as a guide for agencies to begin the process of adopting a trauma-informed approach agency-wide. The National Center provides training and technical assistance on traumatic stress, trauma-informed care, and secondary traumatic stress and self-care both locally and nationally, and provides individualized consultation to support organizations in implementing a trauma-informed service model.
Contact: 
Kathleen Guarino
Phone: 
(781) 373-7066

The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Funding Period: 
[2011 – 2012, 2007 – 2011, and 2003 - 2007]
Description: 
The Family Center is a program of Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Johns Hopkins University-affiliated specialty hospital internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training. Located in an urban community in Baltimore, the Family Center provides high-quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive clinical programs and community-based services for children and families who experience or may be at risk for trauma related to maltreatment and exposure to violence. The Center offers a range of evidence-based and trauma-informed services, including prevention, treatment, specialized foster care, community outreach, advocacy, research and training through four main programs and services: Outpatient Mental Health Program, Therapeutic Foster Care Program, Early Head Start, and the Trauma Training Academy. The Outpatient Mental Health Program is a winner of one of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) 2009 Science and Service Awards in the category of"Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services" for its implementation of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Since its participation in the NCTSN, the Family Center is dedicated to providing quality clinical services using evidence-based and evidence-informed assessment and treatment practices. As an affiliate member, the Center remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on child sexual and physical abuse, complex trauma, trauma and substance abuse, early childhood trauma, traumatic experiences on parents, trauma-informed child welfare practices, secondary traumatic stress, cultural competence, family systems, policy and partnering with youth and families.
Contact: 
Elizabeth Thompson
Phone: 
(443) 923-5918

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network

Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2005]
Description: 
The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center provides a number of services for children who have experienced traumatic stress and also identifies children who have experienced traumatic stress. The pediatric center has a comprehensive assessment program called PREP, which provides medical, developmental, mental health, and educational evaluations for children as they enter home placements from the child welfare system. A child psychologist and a general pediatrician perform this function annually with approximately 200 children from six counties in Maine. If the children are still in care six to eight months later, the pediatrician revisits them to ensure that their needs have been addressed and to help with permanency planning. In the behavioral medicine and developmental evaluation clinics, children are evaluated for hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, developmental delay, and autism. Speech, PT, medical, psychology, and social work staff screen children and families for adverse childhood experiences and history of trauma. The pediatric center serves over 400 children per year in these programs and frequently identifies significant parental mental health needs and child traumatic stress, and staff enact interventions to help these families. The Center is currently associated with a CAC that operates in the same building and has achieved full certification. In the work to help develop the CAC, the pediatric center staff identified a need for evidence-based evidentiary medical exams, and a state child abuse pediatrician, who is on the CAC’s board, visits the office once a month to provide this service. Dr. Stephen Meister is the Chair of the state child death and serious injury review panel and works closely with the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services in an advocacy role. Furthermore, he works closely with both the national and Maine chapters of the AAP in this area.
Contact: 
Stephen Meister
Phone: 
(207) 872-4163

LSU Health Sciences Center, Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012 and 2003 - 2007]
Description: 
The Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center (LRTSC) provides and enhances urgently needed crisis and mental health services for underserved children, adolescents, and families in rural Louisiana who have experienced traumatic stress as a result of disasters, community and family violence, accidents, loss of family members, and medical conditions. LRTSC works directly with rural hospitals and with school districts to conduct professional trainings that are developmentally sensitive and specific to aspects of crisis response. In schools, LRTSC professionals train staff to recognize the signs of trauma exposure, to differentiate children's responses to crisis situations, and to mitigate the impact of trauma. In 2004, at the request of the Louisiana 24th Judicial District, LRTSC expanded its mission to include work with trauma-exposed children and families who present in court. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, LRTSC has been providing services to children and families evacuated from New Orleans and now residing in rural parishes. Community advisory boards comprising community stakeholders provide input to LRTSC and collaborative partners for the LRTSC including the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Office of Mental Health, and public and community hospitals. Refunded in 2008, LRTSC will provide and evaluate a continuum of care of trauma-focused trainings, interventions, and services for children and adolescents aged 3?{18, including children of military families, in schools in Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Due to the extent of the devastation and the complexity of recovery, training and service models will be adapted, modified for cultural sensitivity, and implemented to meet needs at this time. LRTSC has a strong commitment to providing culturally competent, evidence-based services, collaborating with Network members in meeting the goals of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Services are offered within school and preschool settings with parent, student, and school support. LRTSC will work at consensus building with input from families, school and military personnel, community, service providers, and other stakeholders in modifying trauma-focused practices and services with sensitivity to cultural competence.
Contact: 
Joy Osofsky
Phone: 
(504) 296-9011

La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2005 - 2009]
Description: 
The LRCH CCTC's primary mission is to ensure that expert trauma-focused services are available to low-income, multiple-barriered, African-American children and youth on Chicago's South Side, where their risk of exposure to traumatic stressors is extremely high. All services are provided free of charge to families. The LRCH CCTC brings to the Network a sophisticated understanding of societal, cultural, and multigenerational factors that shape children's responses to and recovery from exposure to trauma. LRCH CCTC provides services to children (0-18) exposed to the full range of traumatic events including medical trauma and complex trauma. As an Affiliate Site, the CCTC provides trauma-focused assessment and treatment services to over 300 children each year. Staff members all have specialized experience and training in trauma, including formal training in at least one of the following interventions: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC; Kinniburgh, Blaustein, Spinazzola, & van der Kolk, 2005); Child-Parent Psychotherapy (Lieberman & Van Horn, 2008); Phase-Oriented Trauma-Focused Therapy (e.g., Cloitre, Koenen, Cohen, & Han, 2002; Herman, 1992); Strengthening Family Coping Resources (Kiser, 2006); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g., Cohen, Mannarino, Berliner, & Deblinger, 2000); and/or the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (Valentino, Berkowitz, & Stover, 2010). LRCH CCTC has continued to develop its Child Parent Psychotherapy practice by internally training all licensed staff in this model. Additional services provided by LRCH CCTC staff include forensic interviewing, case management, and family advocacy. Trauma-informed consultation is provided to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and to the University of Chicago Hospital's Burn Unit by a licensed clinical psychologist on staff at LRCH CCTC. LRCH CCTC has also forged a partnership with The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County to provide evidence-based trauma-focused services to violently injured youth.
Contact: 
Renee Dominguez, Ph.D.
Phone: 
((773) 374-3748, extension 2229

Chaddock, Trauma Initiative of West Central Illinois

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 
Chaddock provides trauma-informed and attachment-based services to 17,000 children age 0-21 and their families annually in the rural community of Quincy, Illinois, and the surrounding tri-state area (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri). The following services are provided: outpatient and school-based counseling, therapeutic day program, foster care and post adoption, independent living, transitional living, group home, residential, and a specialized Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program that has served children from 27 states and 17 international countries. The NCTSN-endorsed trauma-informed interventions used at Chaddock include Psychological First Aid (PFA), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC). In addition, Chaddock provides consultation and training services on attachment and trauma related topics, including PFA and SPARCS.
Contact: 
Angel Knoverek
Phone: 
(217) 222-0034 x478

Catholic Charities Hawaii, Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Division

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012]
Description: 

The Catholic Charities Hawaii program Hawaii - Interventions, Mentoring, and Partnerships Aimed at Child Trauma (HI-IMPACT) on Oahu will provide clinical treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events as victims and/or witnesses of domestic violence.

HI-IMPACT will utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, the HI-IMPACT program will provide community based trainings to educate state agencies, the military, schools, clinicians, and service providers on TF-CBT and working with traumatized children.

Contact: 
David Drews
Phone: 
(808) 527-4905

Gateway Community Services, Project ETC.: Enhancing Services to Traumatized Children

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 
Through Project ETC.: Enhancing Services to Traumatized Children, Gateway Community Services will expand and enhance its trauma-focused services to children living in Northeast Florida who have symptoms of PTSD, or who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event or series of events producing sub-threshold symptoms of PTSD. The children served through Gateway include 1) young children aged 0-12 accompanying their parent to residential substance abuse treatment; 2) adolescent males aged 12-18 under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice and placed in a secure residential program; 3) adolescents aged 12-18 who are in residential treatment for a substance use or co-occurring substance and mental health disorder; and 4) adolescents who are receiving substance abuse outpatient treatment in a community setting. The project plans to serve 120 youth annually (80 the first year) for a total of 440 for the life of the funding. Goals include: 1) implement and evaluate effective trauma-focused and trauma-informed treatment and services for children at Gateway Community Services; 2) facilitate local use of trauma-informed and trauma-focused services in youth serving agencies in Northeast Florida; and 3) promote community awareness of the need for trauma-informed services for children in Northeast Florida.
Contact: 
Karen Tozzi
Phone: 
(904) 387-4661 ext, 1933
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