Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

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

Heartland Health Outreach, International Family, Adolescent and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES)

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2002 - 2005]
Description: 
Community-Based Refugee Trauma Treatment (Community-Based RTT) is a program of International FACES (Family, Adolescent and Child Enhancement Services) at Heartland Health Outreach, which provides services to refugee children, adolescents, and families in Chicago suffering from trauma-related distress or emotional stress resulting from and exacerbated by the refugee experience. More than half of the refugee children seen at International FACES are diagnosed with anxiety disorders, including PTSD, and experience a variety of other trauma-related problems including persistent fears of death, violent memories and nightmares, insomnia, depression, behavior disorders, developmental delays, or poor performance in school. International FACES will expand its culturally and linguistically appropriate, trauma-informed service model to include adaptation and application of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). IFACES, in collaboration with World Relief-Chicago's (WRC) Horizons Clinic, will provide in-school CBITS programming to help refugee students and their families manage the symptoms of trauma, develop their capacity to self-soothe, and improve their social and school functioning. Community-Based RTT services will be delivered to 200 children in four public schools located in multicultural neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago; in participants' homes; and on-site at International FACES and WRC's Horizons clinic.
Contact: 
Thad Rydberg
Phone: 
(773) 751-4188

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

Directions for Mental Health, Inc., Healing the Hurt

Funding Period: 
[2002-2005]
Description: 
Directions for Mental Health, Inc. is a community mental health center in Clearwater, Florida, serving children and adolescents, aged birth to 18, who present with mental health symptoms and a history of trauma. Healing the Hurt is a partnership with Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and Family Service Centers, organizations that provide interventions to children and adolescents who have recently experienced trauma related to death or serious illness of a family member, or from sexual assault. Healing the Hurt works closely with the local school board, Safe Start Initiative, and the juvenile justice system; and participates in a replication of the Child Development-Community Policing program. In addition to expanding services and improving access, Healing the Hurt focuses on increasing community awareness of the effects of trauma on children and on training other providers in the region.
Contact: 
John Clare
Phone: 
(727) 547-4566
Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2005]
Description: 
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a nonprofit agency that has been providing mental health services to children and families since 1977. The Wendt Center serves people throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area who have experienced the death of a loved one, are living with life-threatening illness, and/or have experienced a traumatic event such as sexual assault, domestic violence, or neighborhood violence. Individual counseling, trauma- and grief-based support groups, a summer grief camp for children, and training for mental health professionals are at the heart of the Wendt Center’s services. In 1999 the Wendt Center created the first program in the United States to provide onsite grief counseling to families who must visit the city morgue to identify a deceased loved one. Through this work the Wendt Center has developed an expertise in serving children from families that have experienced a traumatic loss.
Contact: 
Michelle Palmer
Phone: 
(202) 204-5019

The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (The Delaware Children’s Department

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009]
Description: 

The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (The Delaware Children’s Department) is the state agency whose primary responsibility is to provide and manage a range of services for children who have experienced abandonment, abuse, adjudication, mental illness, neglect, or substance abuse. Its services include prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment, permanency, and aftercare. The Children’s Department employs approximately 1,300 staff members at 31 locations, who serve over 8,000 children on any given day. The Department operates a trauma-informed system of care and has been the recipient of multiple systems of care and trauma-specific grants that it has used to increase effective screening, case management, and treatment services for children experiencing a range of behavioral health issues including traumatic stress.


The Children’s Department is made up of four divisions that include the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (home to the Office of Evidence-Based Practice), which collaborates locally with families, providers, school, and others to increase the system’s capacity to identify, assess and effectively treat children with traumatic stress (including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy); the Division of Family Services, which investigates child abuse, neglect, and dependency, and offers treatment services, foster care, adoption, independent living, and child care licensing services; the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, which provides services including detention, treatment, probation, and aftercare services to youth in the State of Delaware who are ordered to its care by Family Court; and the Division of Management Support Services, which provides education to youth who are served in a range of residential and day treatment programs (both behavioral health and juvenile justice), and also provides administrative support, consultation, and technical support throughout the Department in critical areas such as human resources, information technology, facilities management, and a range of fiscal management services.

Contact: 
Aileen Fink, Ph.D.
Phone: 
(302) 633-2634
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