Massachusetts

The Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University

Funding Period: 
[2003 - 2007]
Description: 

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.  
 

Contact: 
Donna Pincus
Phone: 
(617) 353-9315
Email: 
Description: 

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.

Address: 

Luminosity Behavioral Health
810 Washington Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Work: 
(781)344-0102

Children's Hospital Boston, Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016, 2007 - 2011, and 2005 - 2001]
Description: 

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.
 

Contact: 
Heidi Ellis
Phone: 
(617) 919-4679

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, U Mass Medical School Child Trauma Training Center

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

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.

Contact: 
Jessica Griffin
Phone: 
(508) 793-6911

Betsy McAllister Groves, MSW, LICSW

Address: 
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA 02140
Work: 
(617) 414-4247
Fax: 
(617) 414-7915
Description: 

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.

Address: 
1121 Washington Street, Suite 1 Newton, MA 02465
Work: 
(617) 548-8285
Description: 

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.
 

Justice Resource Institute, Complex Trauma Treatment Network

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016, 2009 - 2012, 2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 
The Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN) will develop, adapt, and disseminate evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma. The project’s goals are to: 1) transform multicounty and state systems of care serving children and families impacted by complex trauma; 2) address gaps in complex trauma services to youth of color living in poverty and/or with urban violence; and in residential treatment centers, juvenile justice detention centers, shelters, and foster care; 3) enhance graduate-level social work education to cultivate a sustainable provider workforce across the child services continuum trained in complex trauma; 4) increase national access to EBPs for complex trauma including: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET); and 5) expand regional, national, virtual, and Web-based dissemination of products and resources from CTTN and NCTSN. The CTTN will also provide intensive training and technical assistance to transform systems of care in more than 200 community and state agencies participating in one of 18 Learning Communities; and will train more than 20,000 multidisciplinary child service providers on the impact, assessment diagnosis, and treatment of complex trauma in at least twenty states. This initiative will directly impact 100,000+ children and families nationwide.
Contact: 
Joseph Spinazzola
Phone: 
(617) 232-1303

Baystate Medical Center, Therapy House Calls: Effective Treatment in the Home for Families Experiencing Trauma and Loss

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016 and 2009 - 2012]
Description: 
Therapy House Calls: Effective Treatment in the Home for Families Experiencing Trauma and Loss (House Calls) will improve access to and the quality of mental health care for children and families who are experiencing symptoms stemming from trauma or loss. The project will adapt Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for use in the In-Home Therapy (IHT) setting, which is a model of community-based mental health treatment in which patients receive intensive psychotherapy in their own homes. In addition to improving access, this adaptation will offer significant advantages for selected patients over the traditional outpatient TF-CBT by addressing the impact of trauma on the entire family unit. The treatment will then be disseminated through trainings and ongoing consultation. House Calls will serve children and adolescents aged 5–18 residing in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Objectives include: 1) training 24 IHT clinicians and their paraprofessionals in the adapted form of TF-CBT; 2) enrolling 120 children and their families in TF-CBT, 30 percent of whom will be military families; 3) gathering NCTSN-required data and appropriate clinical measures; 4) significantly reducing depressive, anxiety, PTSD, and behavioral symptoms in 90 percent of children and families completing therapy; 5) maintaining robust partnerships with partner agencies and community stakeholders; and 6) ensuring fidelity to the TF-CBT model.
Contact: 
Barry Sarvet
Phone: 
(413) 794-6630

Institute for Health and Recovery, Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together II

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016 and 2009-2012]
Description: 
Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together (BRIGHT II) is a collaboration between the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and Boston University. The project will address traumatic stress in 110 children, aged 0–7, and their mothers who are in recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders. Services will be provided at three Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)—located in Cambridge, Boston, and Fall River, Massachusetts—that provide methadone maintenance and buprenorphine.
Contact: 
Karen Gould
Phone: 
(617) 661-3991
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