The Transforming Trauma Project (TTP) of the Family and Children's Services, Inc. (FACS), provides evidenced-based trauma treatment and screening to children, youth, and families who have experienced traumatic events. Over 80 clinicians, throughout the State of New Jersey, have been trained through the program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in collaboration with the CARES Institute. The TTP provides community education to various child serving agencies and community organizations on the signs and symptoms of trauma and on how to prevent secondary traumatic stress. The New Jersey Trauma Network Team (NJ TNT), comprised of stakeholders and community members, meets quarterly to disseminate information in an effort to become a trauma-informed community. TTP focuses on reaching out to military families, and FACS is committed to providing efficient and effective services to our Service Members and their families.
The Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth will integrate education, assessment, and treatment of trauma in children into the mental health, substance abuse, schools, and juvenile justice systems in Lake County. An evidence-based approach—Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC)—will be used to treat traumatic stress symptoms in children aged 4–18. Approximately 200 youth with traumatic stress symptoms (20 percent from military families) will be treated during the course of the grant. The program will also serve an estimated 240 caregivers including 120–160 service members or military spouses. Training around implementation of trauma-informed care will be provided to 1,200 professionals during the course of the grant.
The Integrated Trauma Care project will provide evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services to children aged 0–5 and their caregivers who have experienced or are at high risk for abuse and/or neglect. Populations served may include families living at or below the poverty level, caregivers who themselves were abused and/or neglected, caregivers with high levels of stress, caregivers with drug/alcohol abuse histories, caregivers with anger management issues, and families with histories of domestic violence. During the grant period, the project will serve 600 unduplicated children and their caregivers including 32 children of military families; and will train 84 clinicians in a year-long intensive Learning Collaborative.
The Tennessee Network of Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Systems (TN-TIES) project will increase access and improve services to youth in foster care who have experienced trauma. Evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions will be disseminated into multiple systems commonly responsible for the care of youth in state custody including resource parents, child welfare staff, and mental health providers. Training will be provided to: 1) 225 resource parents using the curriculum Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents; 2) at least 60 child welfare workers using the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit; and 3) 50 mental health clinicians using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by certified TF-CBT trainers.
The Collaborative Trauma Center will expand treatment options in the Village for Families & Children, Inc.’s multisite outpatient behavioral health clinic, and will enhance trauma-informed practices across the system of care for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. The center will build and sustain capacity to provide Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to 445 Hartford children (including those in military families) affected by abuse and neglect, domestic and community violence, out-of-home placement, and toxic stress. Treatment activities will focus on children aged 0–5. Additionally, the center will provide training for professionals from child-serving systems in the Hartford area; and will work to expand the capacity of partnering clinical organizations to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed care.
Military Families Achieving Recovery (MFAR) will serve military children, youth, and families in the South Bay/Harbor region of Los Angeles County who face challenges such as deployment stressors, combat-related mental health problems, and poor access to services and consistent support. The project will develop and sustain a comprehensive suite of trauma-informed, community-based services that includes: 1) Outreach, Engagement, and Education; 2) Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS); and 3) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). During the grant period, MFAR will treat an expected 360 military children, youth, and families for trauma-exposure; and will provide 1,300 military families and community professionals with outreach and engagement to educate them on trauma and its sequelae.
Akron Children’s Hospital strives to raise awareness of the affect of traumatic stress and adversity on traumatized children and their families. This initiative will train medical health providers and staff on the physical and psychological consequences of experiencing adverse events and the importance of early identification. We will provide trainings to area school, juvenile justice, and child protective services staffs and to mental health providers in trauma-informed care. These trainings will help prepare our community to assess and treat traumatized children with evidence-based practices. We will also train those who work with traumatized children and families on ways to improve their resiliency through education on secondary traumatic stress.
The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a partnership between the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children (CSHC) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. The objectives of the project are to do the following: (1) provide trauma-informed services—including TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)—to children and adolescents in metropolitan Atlanta; (2) offer webinars on mental health topics to child service agencies in the Atlanta community; (3) provide training in TF-CBT and mentoring in the application of evidence-based practices to multiple small groups of mental health providers who serve child victims of abuse/neglect in rural and underserved areas of north Georgia; and (4) develop and pilot a TF-CBT telemental health service to provide therapy to traumatized children and their families in rural and underserved areas of Georgia.
Creating Trauma-Focused Care in Juvenile Secure Detention will establish trauma-informed mental health screening in New York City (NYC)’s two secure juvenile detention centers. The program will establish evidence-based skills groups to help reduce trauma-related problems, and will build collaborative partnerships in the child-serving systems associated with juvenile detention to increase trauma responsiveness in those systems. Goals include: 1) establish systematic trauma-informed mental health screening, evaluate that process, and develop and disseminate a product through the NCTSN network; 2) adapt the STAIR-A skill-building group protocol for use in juvenile detention by juvenile detention center staff and mental health clinicians and evaluate the approach; 3) infuse into NYC secure juvenile detention an awareness of trauma and a common language and methodology for handling trauma-related emotional and behavioral issues and evaluate this approach; and 4) build a collaborative partnership among major youth-serving systems that interact directly with NYC juvenile detention centers (e.g., probation, family courts, agencies providing non-secure detention) and extend trauma knowledge and trauma-informed care into those systems. During the four- year project, assuming admissions to the facilities remain at current levels, we expect that 3,256 unduplicated residents will be screened. Using a train-the-trainer model, we will train 30 co-trainers from within the facilities, and deliver the NCTSN-developed Think Trauma training curriculum to 350 juvenile justice staff. After all secure detention staff are trained, we will provide yearly trauma-informed booster training sessions at each site. Over the course of the project, we will train 75 juvenile justice direct care staff as STAIR-A group leaders within their facilities, and, assuming admissions to the facilities remain at current levels, 1,512 residents will participate in STAIR-A groups. Residents will reinforce the skills they learn in STAIR-A groups through participation in skills practice sessions on their residential halls, and selected residents will publicize and encourage practice of STAIR-A skills through participation in a youth leadership group.
The INcreasing Virginia's Evidence-Supported Treatments (INVEST) for Children Project—headquartered at the Child Abuse Program—will increase access to evidence-based, trauma-informed services for child victims of maltreatment residing in Hampton Roads. The project will reduce the negative consequences of this maltreatment by: 1) training community professionals to conduct trauma-informed screening and referral procedures; and 2) training clinicians to deliver three trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments (including two treatments that are not currently available in the region), with attention to the cultural and linguistic needs of families. INVEST will create a trauma-informed network of professionals throughout southeastern Virginia, which has a 20 percent military population and 10 military installations including the largest naval base in the world. A total of 440 professionals (including 141 military professionals) will be trained in screening and referral practices; and 10 clinicians will be trained in and will deliver treatments. An expected 2,761 children and adolescents aged 2–17, including more than 1,100 military children, will receive trauma-informed screening and referral services; and 650 children/youth, including at least 130 military children/youth, will receive evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment.