[2016 - 2021, 2009 - 2012]
The Championing Access to Trauma-informed-treatments to Achieve Lowcountry Youth Services Transformation (CATALYST) project aims to increase the quality of and access to evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments and services for child maltreatment victims in Charleston and Berkeley Counties of South Carolina (the “Lowcountry”), thereby reducing the negative consequences of maltreatment on children. The CATALYST project is headquartered at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), the only Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving child victims in Charleston County. The proposed project will achieve its primary purpose by (1) improving screening and identification of children in need of trauma-specific, evidence supported assessment and treatment; (2) training clinicians and supporting implementation of evidence-based treatments (including TF-CBT, AF-CBT, PCIT, PSB-CBT, and FOCUS for military youth); and (3) improving the quality and applicability of evidence-based treatment to address current service disparities. In addition, the project will support creating a trauma-informed community of providers through training child welfare and military family advocacy case workers on the NCTSN Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma.