The Families Learning About Recovery (FLARES) Project will: 1) increase the number of mental health professionals trained in trauma-focused, evidenced-based interventions; 2) enable professionals, and children and families to have increased access to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); 3) adopt and sustain use of TF-CBT and CPT in community settings with fidelity; 4) improve treatment outcomes for children exposed to trauma; and 5) develop trauma-informed child-serving systems. FLARES expects to train 300 mental health professionals, 2,400 children, and 400 caregivers during the funding period.
The Will's Place Project will focus on children/youth aged 2–18 residing in Jasper County who have experienced trauma, with a special focus on children and youth of military families. Approximately 900 children and youth will be screened for trauma, and 325 children and youth will be served during the life of the project using one of five evidence-based practices. The project’s goals are to: 1) improve treatment and services for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events in Jasper County; 2) increase outreach and access through assessment and appropriate referral, in partnership with other community agencies in Jasper County, to identify children and adolescents in need of trauma treatment and services; and 3) provide service delivery agencies in the four-state regional area of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas with an increased understanding of the impact of trauma in the lives of children and youth, and of the principles of a trauma-informed approach.
Chris Stupavsky was formerly an outpatient clinician at the Chaddock Trauma Initiative in Quincy IL, where she received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She currently works with rural communities in more than eight counties in Missouri. In her private practice, Christine continues to implement these and other evidence based practices for children and families.